Some of the Deep Sea Creatures in This Video Are So New to Science That They Don’t Have Names Yet
by Owen James Burke
Above: Some kind of yet-to-be-named deep sea cephalopod, perhaps? Screenshot from NOAA footage (below).
Off the northern coast of Puerto Rico lies the deepest trench in the Atlantic Ocean (and one of the deepest in the world), reaching depths of nearly five and a half miles. What’s down there? No one knows, exactly. Not even marine biologists, who, each time they probe the 500-mile-long subduction zone, find something completely unknown to science. Cool.
A deep-sea sea fan, decorated like a Christmas tree in otherworldly crustaceans, anemones, echinoderms and more. Screenshot from NOAA footage (below).
Scientists just captured stunning images of deep sea creatures off the coast of Puerto Rico—some are so new to us, they don’t even have names.
Posted by Quartz on Thursday, 7 May 2015