Giant, Unknown Animals Found off Antarctica

Giant, Unknown Animals Found off Antarctica
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This hydroid—likely a new species—measures 2.5 inches (6.5 centimeters) across its head and has stalks over 39 inches (100 centimeters) long.

The colorful coral-like animal was snagged from one of 39 sites surveyed by New Zealand scientists in southern Antarctica's Ross Sea in February and March 2008.

On the 2,000-mile (3,218-kilometer) journey, the team collected specimens from the surface to the seabed, where this hydroid was found.

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—Photograph by DTIS camera/NZ IPY-CAML
 
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