The ocean will never cease to amaze the world with all its well-hidden secrets. There are still virgin underwater realms that have never seen the presence of a human being. However, today’s technology made one more step further in revealing the mysteries of the blue abyss. Thanks to a collecting gear, the team of researchers aboard the RV Investigator ship discovered 300 new species of sea creatures in just one month.
The Collecting Gear Was Crucial in This Type of Endeavour
If we take a look at a map of our Earth, it is surprisingly easy to see the extensive territory that belongs to the ocean. The abyss of the waters off the Australian coast represents the largest habitat on the planet. Therefore, scientists couldn’t deploy an extensive enough mission to scan the entire surface of this large aquatic land until now.
The team aboard the RV Investigator vessel turned to technology to help them in their efforts of exploring the abyss. They set the target in a zone that is around 13,123 feet deep. At this depth, a human being couldn’t survive as the pressure would get him or her crushed.
First things first, the team of daring scientists had to map the floor of the abyss with a multibeam sonar. Once they gathered enough data to recreate the bottom of the ocean, they were safe to deploy their gear without damaging it because of the landforms.
Scientists Made 1,000 Entries in One Month, Out of Which 300 Were New Species
The next step was to launch special equipment in the waters of the Australian Coast. This gear was specially designed to collect samples. In the end, this collecting gear returned with 1,000 various species. Out of this compendium, there were 300 who managed to remain unknown to us until the very last moment.
Most of them are unusual for the human eye. Their shape was adapted to the difficulties of the conditions that the abyss presented them with such as coldness and darkness. However, the most astounding finding was the bottom of the ocean is far from being clean. On the contrary, human activity turned it into the trash of beer cans, bottles, PVC pipes, and another residue.
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