Discovery of Species in Deep-Sea Vents

Date: 1/7/2012

Scientists discovered new species, including eyeless shrimp with a light-sensing organ on their back and snake-like fish, in deep-sea vents 0.8 km deeper than any previously explored. These volcanic ‘black smoker’ vents are located five kilometres deep in a rift on the Caribbean seafloor. Scientists were unable to directly measure the temperatures of the vents but believe they may be hotter than 450°C. The team also saw hundreds of white-tentacled anemones linking cracks where warm water seeps from the seabed.

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