Wednesday, March 26, 2008

At the Seas of Madness

Concluding last Thursday, the International Polar Year program, which involved 23 countries and 11 voyages across New Zealand's Antarctic waters of the Ross Sea resulted in the discovery of hundreds of new species, many of which may prove to be entirely new species!

Such finds included vast fields of underwater lilies, approximately eight new mollusks, large sea spiders, jellyfish with 12' tentacles, huge sea snails, and starfish the size of dinner platters. Of the more than 300,000 specimens taken, several may turn out to be previously unknown to science. The field of cataloguing unknown wildlife and animals is called "Cryptozoology."

Before this, only very limited, small-scale samplings had been conducted in the area. This program covered 2,000 miles of the Ross Sea.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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