23 Oct '11, 4pm

Giant single celled organisms found 6 miles deep in the ocean

Giant single celled organisms found 6 miles deep in the ocean

Photo: expedition discovers 20% of world's squids, including new species (11/18/2010) An expedition to the seamounts of the southern Indian Ocean has proven that the region is a biodiverse hotspot for squids. To date, the expedition has identified 70 species of squid comprising 20% of the world's known squid species. But that's not all: they have also uncovered new species. At just over 2 feet long (27 inches or 70 centimeters), a species of squid found by the expedition proves to a brand new member of the chiroteuthid family. Squids from this family, which number around a dozen known species, employ bioluminescent organs to attract unwary prey. Photos: weird new species discovered in deep sea trench (10/18/2010) Fish were not expected to be able to survive so deep, but scientists have captured footage of a new species of a scavenger-hunting snailfish swimming at an astoun...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1023-hance_xenophyophores.html

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