The giant Atlantic grenadier was a cryptid giant deep sea fish seen once, in the Atlantic Ocean's Gulf of Mexico, by Joe Thompson (1930 – 2003) of the Deepstar 4000↗ submersible during a 1967 dive. According to cryptozoologist and marine writer Gardner Soule, who had interviewed Thompson or his colleagues regarding the Deepstar 4000 fish, it was seen among several small grenadier or rat-tail fish (family Macrouridae) above the seafloor, and identified as another grenadier; however, Thompson estimated its length at almost 10 ft (3 m). The largest known grenadier, Albatrossia pectoralis, is restricted to the Pacific Ocean, and is not recorded as growing longer than 7 ft (2 m). All known Atlantic grenadiers are smaller.
Notes and references
- Soule, Gardner (1981) Mystery Monsters of the Deep
- Shuker, Karl P. N. "A Supplement to Dr Bernard Heuvelmans' Checklist of Cryptozoological Animals," Fortean Studies, Vol. 5 (1998)