Mysterious Creatures Found Deep Under The Sea

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image source: youtube.com
image source: youtube.com

These alien-looking creatures were discovered by America’s Ocean Exploration Team on the seafloor near Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Puerto Rico Trench is deepest trench in the Atlantic Ocean, reaching depths of up to 8,800 m and extending for over 800 km.

“It’s pretty amazing that we haven’t been there yet, exploring really deep depths,” Andrea Quattrini, the science co-lead for the expedition, told Quartz. 95 percent of the ocean remains unexplored. Many of the these deep-sea dwelling animals are rarely seen, and some creatures were so new that they don’t even have a name. 100 species of fish, 50 species of deep-water corals, and hundreds of other invertebrates were recorded over 12 dives.

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Three of these wonderful animals were seen near the bottom on Dive 1 at about 4000 meters. With eight rows of ciliated combs along the bottom of the body, and very long tentacles originating from thick tentacle sheaths make this an unusual find. A similar animal was seen on a ROV dive over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in 2010.
Three of these wonderful animals were seen near the bottom on Dive 1 at about 4000 meters. With eight rows of ciliated combs along the bottom of the body, and very long tentacles originating from thick tentacle sheaths make this an unusual find. A similar animal was seen on a ROV dive over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in 2010.
This rare dumbo octopus (Cirrothauma murrayi) is often called the Blind Octopod due to the lack of a lens and reduce retina in its eyes. Its eyes can only really detect light and cannot form images.
This rare dumbo octopus (Cirrothauma murrayi) is often called the Blind Octopod due to the lack of a lens and reduce retina in its eyes. Its eyes can only really detect light and cannot form images.

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Sea cucumbers are always on of my favorite animals to see on a dive dives, if only because I’m always interested to see that they will look like this time! Internally they are pretty much all the same, but their exterior can be completely see through or a variety of colors; flattened, or spikey, like this one. I am not exactly sure what determines their shape, but there has to be some benefit for each morphology.
Sea cucumbers are always on of my favorite animals to see on a dive dives, if only because I’m always interested to see that they will look like this time! Internally they are pretty much all the same, but their exterior can be completely see through or a variety of colors; flattened, or spikey, like this one. I am not exactly sure what determines their shape, but there has to be some benefit for each morphology.

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