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Saturday, January 22, 2011

It's Suso: A Vent Snail

Scientists may finally know just how many creatures are lurking in the deep depths of the underwater world. 
A 10-year census of marine life has just been completed - and researchers found thousands of exotic new species. 
Their work will help assess threats to the oceans ranging from climate change to BP's oil spill.

The Census of Marine Life estimated there are one million-plus species in the oceans, with at least three-quarters of them yet to be discovered.

This hydrothermal vent snail (Alviniconcha sp.) found in Suiyo Seamount, Tokyo Hydrothermal Vent, is one of the thousands of creatures discovered.

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