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Scientists to explore Indian Ocean’s depths

Somali fishermen carry a hammerhead shark from the shores of the Indian Ocean in Mogadishu on Nov. 4.

Photo: Reuters

The first time scientists explored deep in the Indian Ocean, they found a new species of glowing squid. Now researchers who departed from South Africa last Monday with even better equipment are hoping for similar success.

In 2009, the scientists collected some 7,000 samples, including the newly discovered squid, which has light-producing organs that it uses to attract its prey. Researchers aboard the RRS James Cook are taking along special cameras for photographing the ocean floor — something they did not have last time.

“We don’t know much about the deep sea community,” Aurelie Spadone, a sea specialist with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), said in a telephone interview on Nov. 21 before setting out. “It would be very surprising if we don’t find something like a new species.”

The trip is focused on learning more about how deep sea fishing is affecting marine life along seamounts — peaks rising from the floor of the southern Indian Ocean.

Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Program, said many of the species that live around seamounts grow and reproduce slowly, so overfishing can severely affect their populations.









1. take along v. phr.

帶著 (dai4 zhe5)

例: Shall I take you along?


2. set out v. phr.

啟程 (qi3 cheng2)

例: They set out on their journey.


3. seamount n.

海底山 (hai2 di3 shan1)

例: Loihi Seamount is in Hawaii.


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