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Giant sea creatures found in Antarctic

Telegraph

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Scientists have found that Antarctic waters harbour sea-creatures of startling proportions, with giant-sized specimens surprising researchers during a major survey of New Zealand’s Antarctic seas that ended this week.

Huge sea snails, jellyfish with tentacles up to 4 metres long and starfish the size of large dinner plates were some of the species found during research vessel Tangaroa’s 50-day, 2,000-mile voyage in the Ross Sea, New Zealand marine scientist Don Robertson said.

Sadie Mills and Niki Daveyhold sea starfish (top) and Sadie Mills with a sea cucumber the crew named a ‘sea pig’
Sadie Mills and Niki Davey hold a giant sea starfish (top) and Sadie Mills with a sea cucumber the crew named a ‘sea pig’

“I would say there will be hundreds” of previously unknown organisms and “a lot of new species” among the 30,000 specimens collected, Robertson said.

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March 22, 2008 - Posted by | animals

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