At the Junction of Two Oceans, Scientists have Discovered an Incredible Number of Unknown Living Creatures

At the Junction of Two Oceans, Scientists have Discovered an Incredible Number of Unknown Living Creatures

When planning an expedition to Cocos Islands, scientists from the Victoria Museum (Australia) planned to conduct only one or two studies, but reality surprised them. At the junction of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, they discovered an amazing underwater reserve with an area of ​​​​740,000 square meters. km. Within 35 days, the Investigator ship traveled 13,000 km, during which dozens of previously unknown marine life were raised to the surface.

At the Junction of Two Oceans, Scientists have Discovered an Incredible Number of Unknown Living Creatures
At the Junction of Two Oceans, Scientists have Discovered an Incredible Number of Unknown Living Creatures

The underwater world of Cocos Islands is located on the slopes of ancient submerged volcanoes, whose age varies from 40 to 150 million years. The largest one forms a mountain almost 5000 meter high, there are lower peaks nearby, so scientists were able to collect unique samples from depths from 60 to 5500 meters. About two-thirds of the caught living creatures cannot be identified – it is possible that people see them for the first time.

At the Junction of Two Oceans, Scientists have Discovered an Incredible Number of Unknown Living Creatures
At the Junction of Two Oceans, Scientists have Discovered an Incredible Number of Unknown Living Creatures

Australian scientists believe they have discovered at least a few completely new species, including blind eels, fish with finned legs, crabs that form a symbiosis with soft corals, and many others. Biological materials will be handed over to specialists who will extract DNA from them in order to establish the exact identity of the creatures. In any case, scientists have already made a number of valuable discoveries and significantly enriched science with knowledge about the deep-sea world of the western coast of Australia.

At the Junction of Two Oceans, Scientists have Discovered an Incredible Number of Unknown Living Creatures
At the Junction of Two Oceans, Scientists have Discovered an Incredible Number of Unknown Living Creatures
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