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Scientists taken back by deep sea creatures voyage: ‘Only 1 in 5 species known’

  • September 15, 2021

To put that into perspective, the deepest part of the ocean in the Pacific goes 36,161 feet below the water’s surface.

As a result, the ocean’s ecosystem remains one of the most elusive on the planet — giving researchers hope that it may offer vital answers to some of science’s most vital questions.

In a recent three-year study of the Pacific Ocean — the world’s largest and deepest — remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) photographed nearly 350,000 animals.

These included fish, octopus, corals, anemones, shrimp, squid, sponges, and sculpted, living mud balls called xenophyophores.

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