Dozens of Strange Species Discovered in the Deep Atlantic

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Enteropneust worm photo
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In the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, researchers recently discovered, dozens of rare species proliferate. Hidden within the craggy under-sea peaks and large, dark valleys, strange creatures thrive in spite of the darkness and lack of food. Among them are several rarely seen elsewhere -- more than 10 potential new species -- and even an odd creature that may be a "missing link" between vertebrate and invertebrate life.



This enteropneust, or "acorn," worm feeds on sea floor sediment leaving behind curling, wavy, tracks.



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Image credit: Courtesy of David Shale

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