A join Australian/US research expedition has discovered a multitude of new deep-sea species in the Tasman Fracture Zone, southwest of Tasmania. The 30 cm sea spiders I could do without knowing about, but check out some of the other marine life they’ve photographed with their submersible robot.
This one particularly fascinated me:
“A hermit crab – with a shell made out of a symbiotic anemone! The Anemone builds itself around the crab to serve as a shell, and in return gets to move around and feed on the hermit crab.”
Canivorous sea squirt
Gorgon’s head coral
Lots more at the ship’s research blog written by Adam Subhas. Check it out.