Kayley (saloonperfume) wrote in wtf_nature,

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Antarctic sea creature

 In a recent expedition to the Antarctic, scientists discovered a whole bunch of strange, new creature- some incredibly ugly, as shown below, and others quite beautiful, as shown below:

Giant, Unknown Animals Found off Antarctica
March 28, 2008—Giant sea stars or starfish that measure 24 inches (60 centimeters) across are held by Sadie Mills, left, and Niki Davey of New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research on February 15, 2008.

They and other researchers collected 30,000 sea creatures—many new to science—during a 35-day census in Antarctic waters in February and March, according to a March 26 announcement.

''Glass Tulips,'' Huge Worms Found off Antarctica
February 20, 2008—Standing in fields like poppies these tunicates are actually animals.

The tunicates, which resemble glass tulips, are early colonizers of Antarctic regions that have been disturbed by icebergs that scour the seafloor as they pass by. 

The plankton-eating tunicates grow up to 3.2 feet (1 meter) long, and filter food by pumping it through an internal mesh structure. The stalk is supported by pressure created by their pump, according to the scientists.

Here is a video link (video include giant sea spiders!):  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/02/080219-spider-video-ap.html

From there, there are more links to more pictures and info on the other creatures they found.
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