HALLOWEEN PICTURES: Spooky Species Discovered This Year

HALLOWEEN PICTURES: Spooky Species Discovered This Year
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An oddity among oddities, a new carnivorous sea squirt traps fish and other prey in its funnel-like front section, scientists announced in January 2009. Most of the 2,000 or so known sea squirt species are so-called filter feeders that strain plankton from seawater.

Tethered to the seafloor 13,143 feet (4,006 meters) underwater, the 20-inch (50-centimeter) sea squirt is one of the deepest-dwelling animals ever found in Australian waters (more on the carnivorous sea squirt and pictures of other creatures discovered off Australia).
—Photograph courtesy Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory WHOI
 
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