Strange undersea creatures unveiled

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On October 4th 2010, scientists from over 80 countries around the world completed their historic census on marine life within 10 years. “Census of Marine Life” is considered to be one of the biggest scientific projects ever. It was started in early 2000 with the aim to do research and discover undersea creatures. More than 2,700 scientists spent 9,000 days under the ocean and made 540 expeditions. After international effort, scientists unveiled maps and three books increasing the number of counted and validated species to 201,206.

 


This 650-million-dollard project got money and help from over 600 organizations including different government, private foundations, corporations, non-profits, universities, and even five high schools. Above all, the Sloan foundation whose headquarter is located in New York is the leading sponsor with the contribution of $75 million. Let’s take a look at the pictures below to admire beautiful undersea creatures.

 


A polychaete worm was detected at the depth of 925 meters in Sagami Bay, Japan

A polychaete worm was detected at the depth of 925 meters in Sagami Bay, Japan

 


A dragonfish has teeth on its tongue

A dragonfish has teeth on its tongue

 


A hydrothermal vent snail was found in Suiyo Seamount, Tokyo Hydrothermal Vent

A hydrothermal vent snail was found in Suiyo Seamount, Tokyo Hydrothermal Vent

 


The Christmas tree worm has an interesting spiral-shaped pair of cones

The Christmas tree worm has an interesting spiral-shaped pair of cones

 


A transparent sea cucumber

A transparent sea cucumber

 


A lovely pink siphonophore from the Sargasso Sea

A lovely pink siphonophore from the Sargasso Sea

 


A Venus flytrap anemone was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico by Ian MacDonald from Florida State University.

A Venus flytrap anemone was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico by Ian MacDonald from Florida State University.

 


The Cirrate octopod was discovered at a depth of about 800 meters in the Gulf of Maine.

The Cirrate octopod was discovered at a depth of about 800 meters in the Gulf of Maine.

 


The tube-dwelling anemone can be observed in tropical and subtropical waters all over the world

The tube-dwelling anemone can be observed in tropical and subtropical waters all over the world

 


The vampire squid inhabits at depths of between 600 and 900 meters

The vampire squid inhabits at depths of between 600 and 900 meters

 


This jellyfish lives at the waters of the Great Barrier Reef off Lizard Island, Queensland

This jellyfish lives at the waters of the Great Barrier Reef off Lizard Island, Queensland

 


This mollusk can be found in small caves and shallow rocky areas of the coast

This mollusk can be found in small caves and shallow rocky areas of the coast

 


A squidworm was discovered in the Celebes sea in Southeast Asia.

A squidworm was discovered in the Celebes sea in Southeast Asia.

 

 

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This article was published on 2010/10/07