French Ship Discovers One Million New Species Lurking Deep in World’s OceansAnimals, Pets, Wildlife Friday, September 28th, 2012
(DNA) A French research ship has discovered one million new species- many of them never seen before by man- as it crossed the Atlantic, Pacific, Southern and Indian oceans on a 70,000 mile journey.
Among the most eye-catching was the siphonophore, the world’s longest animal that can extend for up to 150ft, bristling with poisonous tentacles.
It is made up of countless tiny creatures, each with a specific function such as swimming, eating, floating or reproduction, linked together by a long hollow tube similar to an umbilical cord, the Daily Express reported.
Other creatures include what look like brightly coloured sea centipedes, ghostly fish and technicolour squid.
Another very interesting is the highly poisonous Portuguese Man of War whose tentacles can extend for 60ft.
Scientist Chris Bowler who spent three years aboard ship Tara will reveal the underwater beasts tonight at London’s Science Museum.
Previously scientists thought there were fewer than 500,000 species of plankton but the expedition revealed 1.5 million.
The study also revealed the fragile state of the oceans.