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Australian scientists make new undersea discovery

07-15-2010 08:46 BJT

BRISBANE, Australia, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Australian scientists have used high-tech equipment to film 1,400m below sea level at Osprey Reef, 350km northeast of Cairns and found new species.

The research team from the Queensland Brain Institute, led by Professor Justin Marshall, captured the sea creatures using special remote controlled cameras, which sat on the sea floor.

"Osprey Reef is one of the many reefs in the Coral Sea Conservation Zone, which has been identified as an area of high conservation importance by the federal government," Marshall said on Wednesday.

"Therefore, it is paramount that we identify the ecosystems and species inhabiting the area.

"As well as understanding life at the surface, we need to plunge off the walls of Osprey to describe the deep-sea life that lives down to 2000m, beyond the reach of sunlight.

"We simply do not know what life is down there and our cameras can now record the behaviour and life in Australia's largest biosphere - the deep sea," he added.

Prehistoric six-gilled sharks, giant oil fish, swarms of crustaceans and many new species have been found in deep water off the far north Queensland coast.

The research could lead to many new scientific discoveries, researchers believe.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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