Researchers have discovered more than 700 new species in the deep, cold waters of the Antarctic, described in the cover story on the current issue of Nature.
New species are discovered all the time. What is really amazing about this current crop of new discoveries is that they come from a part of the world that you would think would be very species poor – the deep, very cold waters near Antarctica. But as one of the expedition leaders says, “We thought we might find some novel species, but previous research had suggested deep-sea diversity this far south would be poor, so we were very surprised to find such enormous diversity.”
Check out a BBC news piece about the voyage here.
And (WARNING: shameless self-promotion incoming) my own piece about new species discoveries from The Globe and Mail this weekend here.