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10 Photos of Crazy-Looking New Deep-Sea Creatures

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posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 09:22 AM
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I came across this article about 10 possible new sea-creatures that were found in the mid-Atlantic ocean. These creatures look like something from an alien world and are beautiful none the less, so I thought I would share. These creatures are really cool looking, I hope you guys enjoy them as much as me.


Deap Sea Jellyfish

Trachymedusa: Feeds on plankton and small crustacea near the sea floor.



Acorn Worm

Enteropneust worm from the North Atlantic Ocean; southern purple variety: Feeds on sea-floor sediment, leaving behind variable wavy traces.



Sea Cucumber

Holothurian; Peniagone diaphana: Feeds on the sea floor, but is capable of swimming and is found on hills and valleys of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.



Scale Worm

Polynoid polychaete.



Acorn Worm

Enteropneust worm from the North Atlantic Ocean; northern pink variety: Feeds on sea-floor sediment leaving behind characteristic spiral traces.



Sea Cucumber

Holothurian; Amperima family: Feeds on the sea floor but is capable of swimming and is found on hills and valleys of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.



Comb Jelly

Bathypelagic ctenophore: Found close to the sea floor on the Mid-Atlantic ridge.



Acorn Worm

Enteropneust worm from the North Atlantic Ocean; southern white variety: Feeds on sea floor sediment and has been observed swimming.



Sea Cucumber

Holothurian; Peniagone porcella: Feeds on the sea floor but is capable of swimming and is found on hills and valleys of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.



Basket Star

Gorgonocephalus. A specialised starfish that captures plankton (krill) on its intricate arms.



The accompanying article is pretty interesting so I encourage people to read it. It's pretty fascinating how these creatures seem to be so different from creatures that are found less than 10 miles away on the other side of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.


Ten new possible species could change everything about the way we think about deep-sea life in the Atlantic Ocean.

Most of the creatures are so strange, it is hard to know which direction they swim or where their mouths are.

The images were captured by researchers from the University of Aberdeen during more than 300 hours of diving with a remotely operated vehicle between 2,300 feet and 12,000 feet deep along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the largest mountain range on Earth, which runs down the center of the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and Africa on the east and the Americas on the west.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Source: www.wired.com...


Images by: David Shale



--airspoon


Edited for order.





[edit on 7-7-2010 by airspoon]




posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 09:33 AM
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Simply amazing. You could've said these things we're bacteria magnified, or found floating in space, and I wouldve not known the difference. Ok maybe I would've called BS if you said these were found in space.



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 10:09 AM
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nice. i always love it when we find new animals! their is still plenty to find out there.



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 10:22 AM
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Very nice, I just can't help but wonder how long they will survive after what we have done to our oceans.



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 10:24 AM
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Awesome find.

Good work putting it up also.



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 10:33 AM
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S & F seriously cool, thanks for posting.

What an awesome and still undiscovered world, can't wait for some moon oceans to be explored.



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 10:38 AM
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Great post.

S & F


I always get a kick out of scientist who come running down the halls screaming we found a NEW species.

Meanwhile the New Species have most likely been around for millions of years and we just now discovered them



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 11:16 AM
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Thanks guys (gals too?). I bet there are thousands of creatures that we have yet to find. The oceans are so large and so difficult to explore, I'd be willing to bet that there are bigger animals not yet known.

--airspoon



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 06:45 PM
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Originally posted by MrWendal
Very nice, I just can't help but wonder how long they will survive after what we have done to our oceans.


Good point, we should appreciate them as much as possible as we are only going to kill them.

--airspoon



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 06:48 PM
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Really great photos. Good find. Can you imagine the first jellyfish one floating across our night sky? As above, so below... There might be something just like that out there. Eerie.



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 07:06 PM
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Ten more things that will be served in Asian seafood restaurants. Probably raw, possibly alive.



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 07:15 PM
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These were in Time ( I believe that's the right one) magazine a few months ago. They are very pretty, though!



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 07:26 PM
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Originally posted by Caveat Lector

What an awesome and still undiscovered world, can't wait for some moon oceans to be explored.


Seriously. We would have our minds blown.

We really as a human race need to up the ante on space exploration.

-Sol



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 07:27 PM
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As for the OP, thank you so much for actually posting the pictures instead of me having to click on a link. It is very much appreciated.

-Sol



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 07:28 PM
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Thanks for posting. Great photos!
S & F



posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 10:03 PM
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Cool find man, I'm always amazed at the crazy looking life in our oceans. New discoveries excite me, it's humbling to know we don't have all the answers to the secrets this world has to offer, far from it actually.

For some reason I like this quote.

"Most of the creatures are so strange, it is hard to know which direction they swim or where their mouths are."

Some of those things look like they came straight from a sci-fi movie or in some cases a nightmare, cool.

Might as well document everything we can now, if the Gulf disaster is half as bad as it seems we could lose species permanently, before we even knew they existed.



posted on Jul, 20 2010 @ 09:23 AM
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Have you seen these weird alien looking things above the ocean, on dry land?
The Secret Life of Plants - Time lapsed photography of some pretty unusual plants - many resembling sea creatures with blinking, searching eyeballs!








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