Deep-sea jellyfish. When attacked by a predator, it uses bioluminescence to "scream" for help. This amazing light show is known as a burglar alarm display.…Read More »
East of Japan's Izu-Oshina Island, 2,640 feet (805 meters) down, the picture was captured by a Remote Operating Vehicle, or ROV. Less «
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Credit: Dr. Sung Kim.
The Sargassum Fish (Histrio histrio) is a member of the frogfish family, a group of small, globular fishes with grasping, limb-like pectoral fins, a trapdoor-like…Read More »
mouth high on the head, and a "fishing lure" (formed by the first dorsal spine) on the snout. It typically lives in open waters. Although the Sargassum Fish is capable of swimming quite rapidly, it often crawls through the Sargassum Weed, using its pectoral fins like arms. Less «
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Credit: Antonina Rogacheva, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Moscow.
Elpidia belyaevi, a new species of sea cucumber from the Arctic deep sea.
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Credit: Yoshihiro FUJIWARA/JAMSTEC.
Zombie worm (Osedax roseus). This worm roots itself deep inside whale bones and devours them as energy sources. All Osedax males are dwarfs and live captive…Read More »
inside a gelatinous tube that encases the females. The bizarre arrangement allows for swift and efficient fertilization of the female's eggs. Less «
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Credit: Yoshihiro FUJIWARA/JAMSTEC.
Red-lined paper bubble, off Japan's Cape Nomamisaki. This new species was discovered in a sperm whale carcass in the deep sea. Its tiny eyes, two black…Read More »
Imagine living in the sea where it is permanently dark, cold, and food is scarce. Many animals at this depth may go weeks or months between meals. If you…Read More »
find something to eat, you have to hang on to it. This is why so many deep-sea fishes have lots of big teeth. This dragonfish even has teeth on its tongue! They would be terrifying animals if they weren't the size of a banana. Less «
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Marine Census Album Fathead
Credit: NORFANZ Founding Parties Photographer Kerryn Parkingson; additional thanks to Peter McMillan and Andrew Stewart
A Fathead (Psychrolutes microporos) trawled during the NORFANZ expeditions at a depth between 1013m and 1340m, on the Norfolk Ridge, north-west of New Zealand, June 2003.
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Marine Census Album Vampire Squid
Credit: Kim Reisenbichler, MBARI
Vampyroteuthis, or vampire squid, is a cephalopod that lives in the oxygen minimum zone of Monterey Bay, California, at depths of 600-900 meters.
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Marine Census Album Sea Snail New
Credit: Yoshihiro FUJIWARA/JAMSTEC
Alviniconcha sp. (Hydrothermal vent snail) Suiyo Seamount. This snail inhabits deep-sea hydrothermal vents. This individual is probably a new species,…Read More »
and only a single specimen has been discovered to date. Where are its peers? Less «
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Marine Census Album Lepto New
Credit: Magda Blazewicz-Paszkowycz, University of Lodz
Male of the new species Leptocheliidae sensu lato, collected at Ningaloo (NW Australia)
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Marine Census Album Medusa
Credit: Kevin Raskoff, Monterey Peninsula College.
A new species of hydromedusae, Bathykorus bouilloni, common below 3,280 feet (1000 meters). Hundreds of these creatures were observed by a remotely operated…Read More »
vehicle in the Arctic, showing that a new species can be common in a habitat. Less «
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Andrea Mustain was a staff writer for Live Science from 2010 to 2012. She holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern University and an M.S. degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia University.