Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Not elder law:creepy new (old) fish discovered


Scientists exploring a deep ocean basin in search of species isolated for millions of years found maFishrine life believed to be previously undiscovered, including a tentacled orange worm and an unusual black jellyfish.  Project leader Dr. Larry Madin said Tuesday that U.S. and Philippine scientists collected about 100 different specimens in a search in the Celebes Sea south of the Philippines.  Madin, of the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, said the sea is at the heart of the "coral triangle" bordered by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia _ a region recognized by scientists as having a high degree of biological diversity.  The deepest part of the Celebes Sea is 16,500 feet. The team was able to explore to a depth of about 9,100 feet using a remotely operated camera.

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