Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Big Red and the Walking Shark

Top ten new species according to the BBC includes this gooey floater. It's called a Big Red Jellyfish (Tiburonia granrojo) and it spans over three feet.

Big Red was discovered about a mile and a half under the surface in the inky darkness of the Pacific. Scientists know very little about it including what it eats. It's a great example of how little we know about the oceans, scientists said, according to the BBC. Exactly.

The other marine beastie listed is the Bamboo shark (Hemiscyllium galei), also known as the walking shark, found in Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua, Indonesia. The reef there is so chock full of biodiversity it's called a "species factory". Now that's a factory to protect.

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Photo courtesy MBARI

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