Deep Sea Creatures Are Super Freaks

AP-A carnivorous sea squirt ready to eat your child

AP-A carnivorous sea squirt ready to eat your child

A scientific examination of the Tasman Fracture Zone by a group of scientists (including some from CSIRO and the California Institute of Technology) uncovered 274 of the freakiest deep-sea animals ever known. Of course all deep-sea animals have a little bit of freak in them.  Actually they are all typical deep-sea animals, larger sea spiders, carnivorous sea squirts, etc.  Nothing to see so move along.

At 3500 metres were millions of sea anemones, Dr Thresher revealed.

“They had never been described before. They had never even been observed before,” he said.

“The entire bottom was covered in these things as far as you can see and it was just completely unexpected to see this huge dominant community down there.”

For those of you not spending enough time in Google Earth, you can find the study site at -47.995166°, 139.550986°

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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