Check Out All the Weird New Species Discovered in the Deep

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A group of marine scientists just got back from a science-type voyage with a bunch of totally bizarre, creepily beautiful new species. Wanna see ’em?

You want to know what is cool? The ocean, that’s what’s cool. A six-week trip in the Atlantic turned up tons of new species, some of which may be “close to the missing link in evolution between backboned and invertebrate animals,” and all of which look like the kind of thing you encounter on serious psychotropics. Here are ten of them, beautifully photographed by David Shale. We named them all, to encourage you to be friendly!

(To view the gallery on a single page, click here.)

[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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