Almost five years of studying the deep Atlantic in unprecedented detail has revealed 12 species new to science. The sea mosses, molluscs and corals had eluded discovery because the sea floor is so unexplored, scientists say. Researchers warn that the newly discovered animals could already be under threat from climate change.
Carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean is making it more acidic, causing coral skeletons in particular to corrode.
The scientists involved stressed it was “not too late to protect these special species” and the important habitats they occupied.
Some key Atlantic discoveries from the mission:
- New species: “At least” 12 new deep-sea species. The team also found approximately 35 new records of species in areas where they were previously unknown
- Climate chang...