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Chinese scientists identify over 30 new deep sea species

The COMRA also released a series of videos showing activities of rarely-seen deep sea creatures in the seamounts during an international conference hosted by the association and International Seabed Authority in Qingdao City of east China’s Shandong Province, scheduled between Monday and Tuesday.

The video shows a shoal of red deep sea shrimps moving together; it also shows long-tail deep sea cod which are usually found in a region over 5,000 meters below surface. A cutthroat eel twists its body and tries to bit the bait besides the camera. A ratfish wanders past the camera, with a pair of impressive big eyes. Yet its eyes can see nothing, and uses lateral line to sense the change of current.

“In recent years, with the development of technology, we have generally found over 30 kinds of new species through the application of Jiaolong Submersible and underwater remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). We have a general idea of the biological diversity of seamounts, including the kinds of species that live there and how they are distributed. It provides a solid foundation for the protection of seamounts,” said Wang Chunsheng, chief scientist of COMRA.

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