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Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep

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[University of Aberdeen via Discover; pics courtesy of David Shale]

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This is Geoffrey, the acorn worm of the southern purple variety. He is a scavenger from the North Atlantic.

Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep
Like Geoffrey, Raoul here is an acorn worm, but of the northern pink variety. Raoul and Geoffrey, who lack brains or sense organs but have "the primitive body plan of back-boned animals," are thought to be close to the evolutionary link between vertebrae and invertebrae

Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep
Here is a comb jelly that anchors itself to the ocean floor with its tentacles. Its name is June.

Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep
A jellyfish named Keyshawn.

Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep
This basket star, which uses its tentacles to ensnare food, is named Frances.

Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep
Theo, a sea cucumber.

Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep
Another sea cucumber, coincidentally also named Theo.

Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep
Amit, our third sea cucumber.

Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep
This is Constance, a scale worm.

Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep
Hans, another acorn worm, is of the southern white variety.

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