Pisces V finds new species in Hawaii National
This story entered on 14th Dec, 2007 11:52:12 AM
Researchers have discovered what they believe are a new deep-water
coral and sponge several thousand feet below the ocean surface.
The lemon-yellow bamboo coral tree and a giant sponge were discovered
last month in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument by
the Pisces V submersible operated by NOAAs Undersea Research
Programs Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL).
Samples of the corals and sponges were collected for taxonomic
identification and DNA analysis. They were found in depths of 3,000
to 6,000 feet.
Researchers returned from their 22-day expedition on Nov. 19. HURL
was established by NOAA and the University of Hawaii to study deep-water
marine processes in the Pacific Ocean.
Name: John Wiltshire
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