Scientists find several new species in deep water off Australian Coast

Scientists find several new species in deep water off Australian Coast

A team of international scientists has discovered a number of new marine species in one of the most unexplored ecosystems in the world, the deep water off Australia.

More than three dozen scientists, including some from Museums Victoria and the CSIRO, explored on the dark abyss with crushing environment nearly 4000 meters below the surface using a vessel named Investigator.

During the one-month expedition, the Investigator visited a total of seven Commonwealth marine reserves from the Freycinet Peninsula to the Coral Sea off Queensland.

Dr. Tim O’Hara of Museums Victoria said, “The abyss is the largest and deepest habitat on the planet, covering half the world’s oceans and one-third of Australia’s territory, but it remains the most unexplored environment on Earth … until recently only a handful of samples had been collected from Australia’s abyss.”

The researchers said more than one-third of the spineless critters and many of the fishes discovered during the expedition are new to biologists.

The results from the marine exploration will also help scientists to map the seafloor that will then be sent to concerned governments to ensure the long-term protection of the deep sea ecosystem.

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