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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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10:05AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

love it

8:18AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

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?!!

10:47PM PDT on May 24, 2011

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

3:08AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

good to know...

9:47AM PST on Feb 4, 2011

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

1:25PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

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

6:05AM PST on Nov 18, 2010

Thanks for the info.

10:08AM PDT on Sep 9, 2010

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

7:02PM PDT on Aug 31, 2010

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.

7:20PM PDT on Aug 15, 2010

New species are always amazing to me.

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