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Giant starfish and other sea monsters found in Antarctica

March 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Giant Starfish
These explorers get giant 2-foot wide squirming gold stars for effort!

Man has searched the mountain tops and ocean depths for generations, but the Earth is so vast that new species are found all the time. On a recent survey of New Zealand’s Antarctic waters scientists have discovered several new species. Large sea spiders, jellyfish with 12-foot tentacles, giant sea snails, and huge 2-foot-wide starfish were just some of the amazing creatures they found. 30,000 specimens were collected (including the two beauties you see above), and hundreds are being checked to see if they are completely newly discovered species.

Antarctic Sea Cucumber
A “sea cucumber” found in the expedition. Also known as the “sea pig”

Antarctic Toothfish
An Antarctic toothfish

It’s “exciting when you come across a new species,” said Chris Jones, a fisheries scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “All the fish people go nuts about that — but you have to take it with a grain of salt.”

Just how many fish people are there in the world? These are pretty amazing looking creatures though!

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