STRANGE SEA CREATURES FOUND
Fossils are exciting because they give us one more link to the past and I love that.
But I think that finding a new species of sea creature intrigues me even more, because they are living in the 'here and now'. It's like the earth is our world and the sea is theirs and only theirs.
Who knows what really lurks in the deep or what else is yet to be found. How can we really know that the sailors of long ago didn't really see Mermaids and Gigantic sea creatures and how do we know that they are not still there, smart enough to no longer show their-selves to the barbaric land dwellers that have abused their territory in the past.
Have a look at these new finds. The 'link' to the article is below.
Antarctic octopus (Paraledone turqueti). Credit: E. Jorgensen, NOAA 2007
A new species of Shackletonia, an amphipod crustacean sampled near Elephant Island, Antarctic Pensisula, during the Polarstern expedition. Credit: C. d'Udekem, Royal Belgium Institute for Natural Sciences
These fast-growing sea squirts were found at Larsen A. This can be an indication of a first step towards a biodiversity change after the collapse of the ice shelves. The animals in the foreground are colonised by two crustaceans and a brittle star. Credit: J. Gutt, Alfred-Wegener-Institute
These deep-sea sea cucumbers are abundant in the Larsen B area. Interestingly they are all heading in the same direction. Credit: J. Gutt, Alfred-Wegener-Institute 2007
The researchers catalogued about 1,000 species in an area of the Antarctic.
Read more about it here: 'Strange New Creatures Found in Antarctica'.