52 New Marine Species Discovered

Indonesian and American scientists discovered 52 new species in a joint deep-sea exploration. Fish, shrimp, coral and shells were discovered in a portion of the ocean ranging from 300 meters to 2,000 meters deep. The two-month-long research project took place in the Coral Triangle region, which is known to be rich in biodiversity.

Gellwyn Jusuf, an Indonesian representative of the expedition, remarked, “This is our first deep-sea research with the NOAA Okeanos and supported by every relevant agency here in Indonesia.” The Indonesian expedition also yielded the discovery of a number of sea mounts, which are mountains rising from the ocean floor. The explored area has active volcanoes both above sea level and below.

Okeanos is the American ocean vessel used for the research. It is equipped with advanced technology for exploring marine life. The newly discovered species were documented with cameras mounted on a remotely operated vehicle. There are two ROVs on the ship, and they can operate at depths of 6,000 meters. It also has technology called Telepresence which uses satellites to transmit information from the ship, such as video and audio, to scientists and classrooms on land far away. In addition the ship has a remote sensing technology which is used to survey the ocean floors and their topography. Deep sea maps are created using the technology. The vessel itself is 224 feet long and has sleeping arrangements for 46 people.

You can see research images from the ship’s website. They also have videos.

Image Credit: NOAA, Public Domain

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54 comments

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

love it

Corinne R.
Corinne Randall4 years ago

What a fantastic film, it never cease to amaze me what wonders lie beneath our Oceans. Surely, this is enough of a reason for mankind to stop polluting and destroying the Oceans and Seas of our planet?!!

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson4 years ago

So amazingly beautiful!!!!...I'm coming back to this to watch some of the other videos...(I wish the audio worked, it doesnot matter!)

Gordana Roljic
Gordana Roljic4 years ago

good to know...

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez5 years ago

As much as we are destroying our oceans this is great news!! Love it! TY

David N.
David N.5 years ago

Thanks for the article. Great to hear. What else is out there.

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Wosim T.
Wosim T.5 years ago

Guys I came across a funky looking star fish its circular in shape I have never seen somthing like this before I need to submit my finding where do i do that? I want this finding to be named found by me any help highly appriciated.

mail email is mail at wosim.com

Mark Contreras
Mark Contreras5 years ago

There are many things that are undiscovered still about our own planet. We also do not know the full effect of our pollution on undiscovered species.

Philippa P.
Philippa P.5 years ago

New species are always amazing to me.