We will never stop discovering new species in our oceans.


It’s only the 4th day of the year and I’m all giddy because a new type of octopus was discovered- my favorite animal!! The “pale octopus” was found living 1.5 miles below the surface in the Southern Ocean. These new species were found near volcanic hydrothermal vents- which have changed the way scientists theorize how life developed in the deep ocean.

Credit: mirror.co.uk

Another animal discovery was a new type of “yeti crab.” I wrote about the discovery of one before actually on one post- so it’s exciting to report another one! The first yeti crab discovered in the South Pacific- was named because it had very hairy limbs and claws. The newly discovered crab had not only hairy limbs and claws- but a hairy chest TOO! The scientists really wanted to name it the “Hasselhoff crab”- so right now their nickname is “The Hoff”..oh silly scientists. These ghostly yeti crabs were about 15-16 cm, and formed in large dense groups on the hydrothermal vents.

There were new species of seastars, anemones, and barnacles to name a few.

The oceans are so vast and massive…we have only scratched the surface of what is out there. I’m excited to see what the next new species discovery will be. Humans aren’t meant to know EVERYTHING. Let there be some mystery on our planet still 🙂 That’s the fun of it!


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