Deep sea expedition uncovers 30 new species, plus longest-known animal

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“The expedition was conducted by scientists from the Western Australian Museum, Curtin University, Geoscience Australia, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Schmidt Ocean Institute. Over the course of 20 dives and 180 hours, the team explored the Ningaloo Canyons in the Indian Ocean down to depths of 4,500 m (14,765 ft).

Using a robot called ROV SuBastian, the team documented a huge array of sea creatures. Some have never been seen in the area before, including glowing Taning’s octopus squid, long-tailed sea cucumbers, and other molluscs, barnacles and squat lobsters. Others appeared to be brand new species – in one striking section of video, the ROV spotted a bright red, giant hydroid that stood well over 1 m (3.3 ft) tall.”

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