Rich Gallery of Deep-Sea Life Discovered in Bermuda Triangle
By Robert Roy Britt
LiveScience Managing Editor
04 May 2006
11:01 am ET
The quantity and diversity of tiny creatures found in a deep-sea survey in the Bermuda Triangle region of the Atlantic Ocean is amazing scientists.
During a 20-day cruise last month, researchers used trawling nets and scuba divers to explore down to 3 miles beneath the ocean surface. Previous studies of small ocean creatures focused only on the top half-mile or so.
Several of the animals—tiny zooplankton, shrimp-like things, little squid, bizarre worms and pulsing jellyfish—are featured in a new image gallery. SEE THE IMAGES
Among more than 1,000 different organisms collected, the project found “what appear to be several undescribed species that may well prove new to science,” said the cruise’s scientific leader Peter Wiebe of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.