10 never-before-seen species in deep Atlantic Ocean

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Scientists from Britain and 16 other countries have just found surprises in deep Atlantic Ocean after a six-week expedition to explore the seabed. They brought back pictures of mysterious world with discovery of unknown bizarre creatures unknown until recently. This marine census turns up as many as 10 new deep-sea species thanks to the latest diving technology during the groundbreaking study. Scientists dived up to 30 hours, down to depths of up to 12,000 feet, using the studio-quality camera and powerful lamps to illuminate the darkness of the ocean floor. New oddly-shaped, brightly-colored or even transparent creatures have not been uncovered until the expedition. Such study has revolutionized thinking about deep-sea life. 10 new species are thought to be close to the missing evolutionary link between invertebrate and backboned animals.

 


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A Basket Star or Euryalid Ophiuroid captures krill in its intricate arms, was caught at approximately 800m below sea level.

 


The southern purple enteropneust worm was found attached to seafloor by adhesive tentacles.

The southern purple enteropneust worm was found attached to seafloor by adhesive tentacles.

 


White worm which lives at about 2,500 m below sea level have no eyes, no obvious sense organs or brain.

White worm which lives at about 2,500 m below sea level have no eyes, no obvious sense organs or brain.

 


Pretty weird in pink

Pretty weird in pink

 


The internal organs of (Peniagone diaphana) are is visible within its outer covering.

The internal organs of (Peniagone diaphana) are is visible within its outer covering.

 


A pale and transparent Holothurian was caught at approximately 2,500m below sea level.

A pale and transparent Holothurian was caught at approximately 2,500m below sea level.

 


This comb jelly was found close to the seafloor on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a tectonic plate boundary.

This comb jelly was found close to the seafloor on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a tectonic plate boundary.

 


This deep-sea jellyfish which was caught at 2,500 m below sea level feeds on plankton and small crustacean near the seafloor.

This deep-sea jellyfish which was caught at 2,500 m below sea level feeds on plankton and small crustacean near the seafloor.

 


The scale worm (Polynoid polychaete)

The scale worm (Polynoid polychaete)

 


Peniagone porcella which is found amid the hills and valleys of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is capable of swimming.

Peniagone porcella which is found amid the hills and valleys of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is capable of swimming.

 

 

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This article was published on 2010/07/09