The Beautiful Creatures That Live In Our Oceans

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While we have always known about the beautiful creatures that inhabit our oceans, they have usually been seen only by divers and marine scientists brave enough to venture into the deep seas. However, now thanks to advanced cameras, they are able to share their discoveries with the rest of the world

These pictures were taken by scientists, working on the study of biodiversity in the Bellinghausen Sea in West Antarctica. Some of the discoveries are new, while others have been spotted before - But all of them, are truly stunning!

Soft Coral

This is the first time the marine team has seen this beautiful soft coral, even though they have explored the area many many times. They are currently in the process of identifying the species.

Ice Fish

The Antarctic Ice Fish who seems to thrive in waters of between -2 to 4 degrees Celsius have a built-in anti-freeze and no red blood cells in their bodies.

Basket Star

This bloodless creature that weighs about eleven pounds stretches out its 'arms' and filter feeds on little creatures that are floating by, in the seabed. In the wild, it can live for up to 35 years.

Sea Pig

The Sea Pig also known as Sea Cucumber, is one of the most common creatures found in the depths of our oceans. However, thanks to over-fishing, their numbers are being diminished quite rapidly. Similar to earthworms, they help process the sediment of our ocean beds.

Sand Hopper

While normal sand hoppers are tiny flea-like creatures that can be usually found on ocean beaches, these Amphipods, grow to gigantic sizes, thanks to the high oxygen levels in the Antarctic waters.

Scale Worm

The Scale Worm is one of the most abundant creatures found on the continental shelf. While it may look exotic, it is similar to an ordinary worm, except for its scales, which are an adaptation to the chilly environment it thrives in.

Feather Star

The Feather Star is one of the oldest creatures found in our oceans, dating back 300 million years. It is very mobile and follows its food source - marine algae, around. Their movements are therefore a good way for scientists to track the changing distribution of marine algae, which together with sea ice melt, are the two biggest ways to measure the effects of global warming in the Antarctic waters.

Skate

Skates are a rare sight in the chilly waters of the Antarctica. The creatures, which feed on shellfish off the ocean's seabed, started to disappear from the area as the waters near the Antarctica became cooler. However, as the temperatures get warmer, scientists are expecting to see them become a more common site in the region.

Jellyfish

While a lot of the marine life is in danger of disappearing forever, thanks to the warming temperatures and the rising Carbon Dioxide levels, the Jellyfish is thriving - and expected to rapidly increase in numbers as years go by.

sources:dailymail.co.uk,antarctica.co.uk

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  • 832200
    832200Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    That was very interesting
    • superjonny
      superjonnyThursday, November 2, 2017 at 2:11 pm
      That's my favriot animal
      • Animallover25Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 5:59 pm
        the stingrays eyes are red. creeeeepyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!XD
        • 10040567
          10040567Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 9:52 am
          so scary
          • soccerawsomeTuesday, December 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm
            wow those are so beutiful.The last one should be worth millions
            • bananaWednesday, December 9, 2015 at 1:28 am
              that is awesome
              • iluvpups
                iluvpupsSunday, November 1, 2015 at 10:57 pm
                wow there are a lot of sea animals
                • idon'tcrare001Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:09 am
                  I want them in aquariums
                  • bmetyler
                    bmetylerMonday, May 18, 2015 at 7:21 am
                    The last on looks boss.
                    • sweetpanda
                      sweetpandaSunday, April 26, 2015 at 9:31 am
                      that is soo cool !!! I wish i couuls see them in person.They look like they are glowing in the bottom of the sea.

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