Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 5th, 2012
Has a new species of octopus been discovered near the mysterious thermal vents at the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean?
Communities of species previously unknown to science have been discovered on the seafloor near Antarctica, clustered in the hot, dark environment surrounding hydrothermal vents.
The discoveries, made by teams led by the University of Oxford, University of Southampton, the National Oceanography Centre, and British Antarctic Survey, include new species of yeti crab, starfish, barnacles, and sea anemones, and even an octopus probably new to science.Source
Unidentified pale octopus on the seafloor. (Credit: University of Oxford)
Could more surprises be in store? Of course.