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Scientists discover rare marine species

Scientists exploring a deep ocean basin in search of species isolated for millions of years found marine life believed to be previously undiscovered, including a tentacled orange worm and an unusual black jellyfish.

Philippine scientists have collected about 100 different specimens in a search in the Celebes Sea south of the Philippines. The deepest part of the Celebes Sea is 16,500 feet. The team was able to explore to a depth of about 9,100 feet using a remotely operated camera.

It was said that the specimens collected were several possibly newly discovered species. One was a sea cucumber that is nearly transparent which could swim by bending its elongated body. Another was a black jellyfish found near the sea floor.

The researchers hope their findings will stimulate more extensive exploration and research in the region.

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Sara-Lise is the former News Editor for DeeperBlue.com. She is based in Dubai.

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