A research expedition exploring deep sea vents in the Antarctic has revealed a flourishing community of previously unknown species.
On the floor of the Southern Ocean, researchers have discovered what they describe as an “explosion of life”, including new species of anemones, starfish, and a type of hairy-chested yeti crab, clustered by the thousand around the hydrothermal vents. Findings also include an as-yet-unidentified octopus and a predatory seastar with seven arms crawling across a field of barnacles.
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