Friday, March 21, 2008

Cool new species from the cold waters

The New Zealand research vessel Tangaroa has completed a 35-day voyage through the icy waters of the Ross Sea to bring back new findings on Antarctic marine biodiversity and habitats, collecting images and samples of some startling marine life. While it's not yet certain which finds represent genuine new species, some surely do, and the collection is a spectacular one. The scientists aboard reported starfish 60 cm across, jellyfish with tentacles reaching nearly 4 m, and a host of smaller invertebrates.

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