Scientists at the Museum of Natural History in London found marine megafauna deep in the Pacific, and several strange creatures turned out to be species unknown to science.
By means of a remotely controlled underwater vehicle in the summer of 2018, scientists discovered 55 samples hidden on the western edge of the gap between Hawaii and Mexico, approximately 5,000 metres below sea level, and recently confirmed that seven of these individuals were newly discovered species, the findings of which were published in ZooKey magazine.
While the eastern side of the gap has already been explored and quite often, its western part, known as the Pacific Clarion-Clipperton Zone, which includes several nearby seamounts, is less accessible, which is why it remains largely unexplored and where new species are often found.
"Live Science Guadelupe Bribiesca-Contreras, a biologist from the Natural Science Department of the Natural History Museum in London and the lead author of the study. "This part of the ocean is almost untouched."
During the 2018 expedition, scientists sniffed out the lost, and every new creature they discovered was as exciting as the previous one, from an elastic sea cucumber in the shape of a banana, Psychropotes longicauda, 60 cm long, to a sea sponge of Gialonem, whose body was like a tulip.
From potential new species discovered by scientists, the attention of Bribecki-Contreras attracted coral from the family Chrysogorgia. His pale orange body resembled Chrysogorgia abludo, which is usually found in the Atlantic Ocean, but later researchers identified it as a new species that has yet to be named. This is the first time that this species has been discovered in the Pacific Ocean.