PHOTOS: Hundreds of New Species Found off Tasmania

PHOTOS: 100s of New Marine Species Found Off Tasmania
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A new species of Ophiomitrella brittle star was captured during a recent survey of two marine reserve areas off the southern coast of Tasmania.

The survey team found hundreds of new species of corals, starfish, sponges, shrimps, and crabs. The researchers estimate that 66 percent of the invertebrate species they observed are new to science.

''We probably know more about the surface of the moon than we do about some of the vast reaches of our oceans,'' said Peter Garrett, Australian minister for the environment, heritage, and the arts.
—Photograph courtesy CSIRO
 
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