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Photographs Of Rare Species From Antarctic Depths Revealed For First Time

Source: The Guardian/Matthew Taylor - February 13, 2018 in Adventure

Photographs Of Rare Species From Antarctic Depths Revealed For First Time
Photo: Torsten Dederichs/Unsplash

The images below are the first of creatures found in a previously unexplored region of the Antarctic seabed offering a fascinating glimpse of life in one of the most remote and pristine places on the planet.

The rare species were found by Dr Susanne Lockhart, an Antarctic biologist who visited the seafloor in a submarine last month as part of a scientific expedition organised by campaigning organisation Greenpeace.

Now they are being transported back to the laboratory where they – and hours of footage taken from the submarine – will be examined to reveal the secrets of this unexplored underwater world. It is hoped that some of the samples collected may prove to be new species.

Lockhart said the findings hold “great significance for the future of the Southern Ocean.”

“By identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems and registering their locations with CCAMLR (the body set up to manage Antarctic marine life), they can then be incorporated into the mathematical models that are being used to help generate Marine Protected Areas for this region.”

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