WATCH – Scientists reveal new species from the deepest sea

Scientists have revealed new species that have never been seen before after they trawled the deepest parts of the ocean. 

The scientists from the Musuem Victoria Research Institute revealed the new, unusual and sometimes scary creatures on Wednesday, November 16. 

The scientists who travelled from Australia’s Northwest coast visited the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Marine Park, where they mapped parts of the ocean not visited before. 

According to Parks Australia, Cocos (Keeling) Islands Marine Park covers an area of 467,054 square kilometres and extends from most of the islands’ shoreline to the limit of Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (AEEZ), approximately 200 nautical miles from shore.

The marine park’s offshore waters (from approximately 3 nautical miles from shore to the limit of the AEEZ) are a green zone (National Park Zone) where extractive activities like fishing and mining are not allowed. There are also two small inshore green zones, at the area known as the Rip at Direction Island and at Trannies Beach near the northern tip of West Island.

Following their return to base the scientists were able reveal the many new species that includes eels, shellfish, anemones and fish with huge jaws filled with razor sharp teeth.

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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

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