The scientists behind the discovery say it was just a highlight from the many samples they collected on the research expedition. The faceless cusk was discovered after trawling about 2.5 miles below the ocean. They've turned up lots of debris and ocean trash along the way, but also "bioluminescent sea stars and gigantic sea spiders as big as a dinner plate."
“The experts tell me that about a third of all specimens coming on board are new totally new to science,” O’Hara told the Guardian. “They aren’t all as spectacular as the faceless fish, but there’s a lot of sea fleas and worms and crabs and other things that are totally new and no one has seen them ever before.”