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·         Deep sea trawl finds never-seen fish, faceless fish and the shortarse feelerfish

... Among the haul of fish, starfish, shark and sea spiders recovered from the uncharted waters are species that are new to science and some which have been recorded in Australian waters for the first time... More than a third of the spineless marine creatures found during the 31-day voyage, including sea stars, small crustaceans, brittle stars, are also new to science...

 

·         Bizarre new deep-sea creatures discovered off Australian coast

Faceless fish, giant sea spiders and blobby sea pigs. These are just some of the weird creatures that have been uncovered during the first-ever deep-sea expedition along the east coast of Australia…

 

 

Deep sea trawl finds never-seen fish, faceless fish and the shortarse feelerfish

 

Bridie Smith, Brisbane Times (Australia)

June 17, 2017

 

Zombie worms, coffinfish and flesh-eating crustaceans are among the mysterious deep sea creatures scientists plucked from the depths of the mysterious abyss off Australia's east coast.

 

Among the haul of fish, starfish, shark and sea spiders recovered from the uncharted waters are species that are new to science and some which have been recorded in Australian waters for the first time.

 

"There are a handful of fish that are yet to be named and that's a big deal for fish, a group that generally speaking we know a lot about," said Museums Victoria's Tim O'Hara, the chief scientist on the "Sampling the Abyss" mission, which docked in Brisbane on Friday.

 

More than a third of the spineless marine creatures found during the 31-day voyage, including sea stars, small crustaceans, brittle stars, are also new to science.

 

A team of taxonomic experts worked around the clock to sort the known from the unknown species, some which had been retrieved from four kilometres below the surface.

 

Among the deep sea creatures scientists found were animals with fearsome names.

 

There was the zombie worms found feasting on the marrow of old whale bones in waters off Byron Bay, the red coffinfish found off the NSW and Queensland coast, the faceless fish rediscovered in Australian waters for the first time in 140 years and the shortarse feelerfish…

 

more, including photos

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/sci-tech/deep-sea-trawl-finds-neverseen-fish-faceless-fish-and-the-shortarse-feelerfish-20170614-gwr2px

 

 

Bizarre new deep-sea creatures discovered off Australian coast

 

By Alice Klein, New Scientist

16 June 2017

 

Faceless fish, giant sea spiders and blobby sea pigs. These are just some of the weird creatures that have been uncovered during the first-ever deep-sea expedition along the east coast of Australia.

 

The discoveries were made by an international team of scientists aboard the research ship Investigator, which is owned by Australia’s Marine National Facility. The ship set sail from Launceston, Tasmania on May 15 and reached its final destination in Brisbane, Queensland today.

 

During the one-month voyage, the ship tracked up the eastern edge of the Australian continental plate, where the ocean suddenly drops to 4-kilometres-deep. Fishing nets and trawling sleds were used to collect creatures at the bottom of this abyss.

 

More than one third of the invertebrates and some of the fishes found during the expedition are completely new to science.

 

document, plus video, photos

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2137672-bizarre-new-deep-sea-creatures-discovered-off-australian-coast/