Monday, November 27, 2006

Bizarre Deep-Sea Creatures Imaged Off New Zealand

Vestimentiferan Worms
By Catherine Brahic
New Scientist.com
11-27-06

     The weird and wonderful creatures living by methane vents in the southwest Pacific have been photographed for the first time (see images right and below).

The deep-sea communities live around methane seeps off New Zealand’s eastern coast, up to 1 kilometre beneath the sea surface. The team of 21 researchers from the US and New Zealand, who spent two weeks exploring the area, have just returned to shore. See video footage recorded by the researchers here, here and here.

“It's the first time cold seeps have been viewed and sampled in the southwest Pacific, and will greatly contribute to our knowledge of these intriguing ecosystems,” says Amy Baco-Taylor from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the US.

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See Also: The Creature of Tagua Tagua Lagoon

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