Deep Sea Surprises on Discovery Trip – 11/6/03

Date: 1/6/2003

Twenty eight New Zealand and Australian scientists on board the research vessel Tangaroa spent four weeks sampling the sea floor and deep waters along the Norfolk Ridge and Lord Howe Rise, northwest of New Zealand.

More than 400 new species of fish and other animals were found, included jelly-like sea cucumbers, fish resembling blobs of mucous, several species of blue rays found only near Lord Howe Island, crabs, starfish and sea anemones, and a new species of redfish, a commercial species.

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