A group of experts made the expedition near Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands, which belong to Australia and are located in the Indian Ocean, writes IFLScience. The researchers, led by Museums Victoria, left Darwin on September 30 for a 35-day journey.
Experts worked on the research vessel the researcher. The scientists mapped the ocean floor using the MBES multibeam echo probe, but they also studied the local ecosystem and collected information from a depth of 5,000 meters. Tony MowatCSIRO, director of marine sciences at the Australian government research agency, says the data will help them better understand this remote and important marine area of Australia.
The team discovered several animals in the water.
Dr. Tim O’Haraof Museums Victoria, says up to a third of the species found may be new to science.
The biology of the deep ocean is still not well understood by researchers.
The institutions participating in the trip posted several photos on social media of sea animals that are strange to the human eye. There is one in the first picture Ogcocephalus Fish belonging to the genus can be seen, and a special feature of the species that can be classified here is that they walk on the sea floor with foot-like fins.
In the picture below a Dromiidae One cancer is listed in the family. The specialty of the group is that its representatives create a sanctuary for themselves from a living sponge.
The third shot shows an animal that is difficult to recognize and has an outward appearance. The creature is a hermit crab that settled in crustacean coral.
These fish are also among the particularly curious creatures. The samples were found at a depth of 500 meters below the surface.
The three-legged spider fish also has an interesting appearance. The fish is able to stand on the sea floor with its fins while it waits for food.
Experts noticed interesting things not only in the deep sea, but also on the surface. Among other things, the team managed to catch flying fish.
Flying fish were photographed all day every day. I think we’re down to 6 now, but I’ll need to check. What an amazing group of fish this is! #RVInvestigator #InvestigatingtheIOT Tweet embed Tweet embed Tweet embed hahahahahahahaha Tweet embed pic.twitter.com/H0UWi5zNt2
– KaiTheFishGuy (@FishGuyKai) October 5 2022
Although the expedition is over, the analysis of the collected material will take a lot of time. Lynley Croswelldirector of Museums Victoria, said the findings could help understand Australia’s deep-sea environments and how humans affect them.
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