31 May '17, 5pm

Faceless Fish and 200 Years of Trash Found in World's First Survey of Deep Sea Abyss

The international crew on board The Investigator research vessel has pulled up some wonderfully bizarre specimens from a journey to the bottom of the sea, including a "faceless fish " that hasn't been seen since 1873. The team, consisting of 40 scientists and support staff, are two weeks into a world's first exploration of the deep sea off Australia's western coast, in a mission called "Sampling the Abyss ." The month-long expedition, led by Australia's Museums Victoria and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization , aims to study abyss life at depths around 4,000 to 6,000 meters. Chief scientist Tim O'Hara from Museums Victoria told AFP this area is "the most unexplored environment on earth." "The data gathered on this trip will be crucial to understanding Australia's deep-sea habitats, their biodiversity and the ecological processes that sustain th...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/deep-sea-survey-faceless-fish-24...

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