Big shrimp and eels among rare creature find
Big shrimp and eels among rare creature find

An expedition into previously unexplored parts of the Pacific Ocean has uncovered rare and unusual sea creatures.

The Verge reports scientists exploring the New Hebrides deep-sea trench between New Caledonia and Vanuatu found creatures unlike those found in other deep trenches around the world.


Teams from the University of Aberdeen and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research sent a lander fitted with cameras into the 7000m-deep trench.

The camera showed footage of large shrimp, eel pouds, arrow-tooth eels and "thousands of smaller crustaceans". University scientist Alan Jamieson said the creatures were completely different from those seen in other trenches.

An expedition into previously unexplored parts of the Pacific Ocean has uncovered rare and unusual sea creatures. Photo: University of Aberdeen.

Cusk-eels, which had be seen in small numbers in other trenches, were also common in the New Hebrides trench.

"The surprising thing was that there was a complete and utter lack of one of the most common deep sea fish we would expect to see. Anywhere else around the Pacific Rim, around the trenches we've looked at, you see a lot of grenadiers - they are quite a conspicuous part of the deep-sea community," he told The Verge.

"But when we went to the New Hebrides trench, we didn't see a single one."

The camera showed footage of large shrimp, eel pouds, arrow-tooth eels and "thousands of smaller crustaceans". Photo: University of Aberdeen.

The researchers believe the difference in findings was likely due to the low food quantities and the expedition had proven that activity in different trenches was not necessarily the same.

They also claim their findings show the potential effects climate change could have on deep sea life.


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