Giant Marine Life in Antarctica
Scientists who just returned from a survey of the Ross Sea near Antarctica have found giant versions of sea creatures, such as jellyfish with 12-foot tentacles and a starfish measuring 2 feet wide! Some of the 30,000 specimens collected could be entirely new species.
A 2,000-mile journey through the Ross Sea that ended Thursday has also potentially turned up several new species, including as many as eight new mollusks.
It’s “exciting when you come across a new species,” said Chris Jones, a fisheries scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “All the fish people go nuts about that — but you have to take it with a grain of salt.”
The finds must still be reviewed by experts to determine if they are in fact new, said Stu Hanchet, a fisheries scientist at New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
(image credit: AP/NZ IPY-CAML, John Mitchell)
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