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 Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular 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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