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Unidentified floating object 深海幽浮

This photo made available in Manila by the University of Alaska on Oct. 16, 2007, shows a deep-sea jellyfish found and photographed by a US-Philippines underwater expedition in the Celebes Sea, southern Philippines.
照片中為本月十六日美國阿拉斯加大學在馬尼拉公佈的深海水母。這隻水母是一隻美,非聯合水下探險隊在菲律賓南部的西裏伯斯海發現並拍攝的。 照片:法新社


The jellyfish in the picture was found in the Celebes Sea near the Philippines. A team of Filipino and US scientists looked nearly 3km underwater in early October to find it.

They also found a swimming sea cucumber, a Nemo-like orange fish and a worm with tentacles sprouting from its head. The scientists think that they might all be new species.

A special machine helped them collect between 50 and 100 possibly undiscovered species of marine life.

The area of the Celebes Sea, called the Coral Triangle, hasn't been explored fully before. The survey was conducted by Woods Hole (a group that studies the ocean), National Geographic and Filipino scientists.

It will take a few more weeks of study of the deep-water sea life samples before they can be declared new species.

The scientists said one of the fish collected, a tiny, orange one with a puckered yellow mouth looked like the main character in the animated Hollywood film Finding Nemo.(staff writer, with afp)







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