New Species Found in Remote Asian Sea?

Exotic Species Found in Remote Asian Sea
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A 0.2-inch-long (0.5-centimeter-long) larval squid is seen through a microscope's lens in this handout image released October 16, 2007, by WHOI.

The young squid was caught within 328 feet (100 meters) of the surface of the Celebes Sea, an unusual basin that lies between the southern Philippines and Malaysia. Researchers exploring the region recently caught a variety of marine animals, some of which might be new to science.

The largely unexplored area boasts especially deep water surrounded by shallower ocean, offering researchers hope of finding new creatures that might have developed in isolation in the sea's depths.

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—Photograph by Dr. Ross Hopcroft/University of Alaska through WHOI/ISSP/HO/AP
 
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