Scientists found off the coast of Tasmania more than 100 new deep-sea species
Among them are several species of lobster with disproportionately long claws.
Australian scientists have discovered that marine reserves off the South coast of Tasmania more than 100 new species of animals, but also photographed several dozen representatives of known species. This tells Australian research organization Marine Biodiversity Hub.
A team of several research organizations under the supervision of the State Association scientific and applied research (CSIRO) for the month examined 45 seamounts, home to deep water corals and animals inhabiting the reefs in two marine parks. From the ship Investigator scientists using special remote-controlled cameras studied depths up to 1.9 thousand meters, gathered 60 thousand photos and 300 hours of video.
In particular, scientists found several new types of lobster and crab-hatters, as well as corals and molluscs. Samples were collected using a small network.
In addition, the researchers found and already known types — for example, the famous fish drop Psychrolutes marcidus, is endemic of the Australian waters.
In addition to the underwater survey, the team observed 40 species of marine birds and several species of whales and dolphins.