Monday, February 26, 2007
Newly Discovered Antarctic Beasts
(1)This psychedelic octopus was also found in the frigid waters off Antarctica, one of the world’s most pristine marine environments.
(2)These deep-sea sea cucumbers, all moving in the same direction, were abundant in the area explored.
(3)The collapse of the 5,000-year-old ice shelves over the last dozen years gave the scientists a unique opportunity to see new species, such as this amphipod crustacean.
(4)Explorers off the coast of Antarctica found fast-growing sea squirt settlements, which apparently started colonizing the area only after ice shelves collapsed.
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