Researchers recently discovered an entirely new species of jellyfish off the central eastern coast of Australia. The jellyfish that is about the size of grape–15 to 20 millimeters when fully mature–and its discoverers named it Bazinga rieki, which, if you watch Big Bang Theory, is a pretty entertaining name. Although it wasn’t just named after Sheldon Cooper’s phrase; Bazinga also refers to features on the new jellyfish.
Researchers discovered two species of bone-eating worms on the seafloor of the frigid Southern Ocean. Similar organisms have only been seen before in warmer waters. But don’t worry–they don’t eat live bones, they feed on decaying whale skeletons. The researchers sank the remains of a previously stranded Minke whale along with wooden planks to see what organisms would grow. After about a year under water, the bones had new organisms growing, but the wood was still in pristine condition. These findings explain why wooden ships that sink in those cold waters remain in such good condition while whale carcasses are almost entirely devoured. To learn more, read this post: Antarctic: Where ‘zombies’ thrive and shipwrecks are preserved.
Scientists successfully deployed an autonomous deep-sea explorer that will search for new kinds of microbial life. The autonomous seafloor lander is equipped with a mini-lab that can detect even the slightest traces of DNA. The success of this project represents “a significant step forward” in proving that launching a fleet of autonomous robots is possible and could greatly benefit our understanding of the deep sea.
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