Scientists excited marine census records 178 new species

Date: 1/2/2005

Marine scientists say they have discovered 178 new species of fish and hundreds more new species of plants and other animals in the past year, raising the number of life-forms found in the world’s oceans to about 230,000. Some 1,000 scientists in 70 countries are now participating in the census of marine life, up from 300 scientists in 53 countries just a year earlier. The rate of discovery shows no sign of slowing, even in European and other waters heavily studied in the past.

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