Submarine expedition discovered 30 new creatures - including the longest animal on Earth

In this decade, a person will go to Mars or only in the next - a moot point, but we are 99, 99% sure that we will not find any new life there. As well as on the Moon - so the most exciting and interesting discoveries will continue to be made here on Earth. Scientists and adventurers of the future have a huge space to work with - the underwater world is still full of secrets and a recent scientific expedition is a perfect example of this.

The expedition was led by scientists from the Western Australian Museum, Curtin University, Geoscience Australia, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the Schmidt Ocean Institute. They studied the western part of the Australian continent, in particular, explored the Ningaloo submarine canyons in the Indian Ocean. Two dozen dives were made, work under water lasted more than 180 hours.


The main researcher was the underwater robot SuBastian, who was the first to find a giant red hydroid with a height of more than 1 m. The robot discovered both already known creatures that were not expected to be seen in this area of ​​the ocean, as well as completely new living organisms. And not a couple of pieces, but a huge amount - within the framework of this expedition alone, scientists described three dozen new species, the rest were postponed until the next visit.

Giant siphonophore

One of the most startling discoveries was the discovery of a giant siphonophore from the Apolemia family. It is a complex colony organism made up of millions of individual zooids. The siphonophore found by SuBastian was 47 meters long, making it officially the longest animal in the world. Only some trees, coral atolls and myceliums are longer, but the largest animal on Earth - the blue whale - is only 30 m in length. Scientists are sure that many more outlandish and unknown creatures are hidden in the depths of the ocean.