An unidentified purple octopus (pictured) is one of 11 potentially new species found this month during a deep-sea expedition off Canada’s Atlantic coast, scientists say.
(Related pictures: “Surprising Creatures Found Deep off Australia.”
Still at sea, a team of Canadian and Spanish researchers is using a remotely operated vehicle called ROPOS for dives off Newfoundland with a maximum depth of about 9,800 feet (3,000 meters).
The 20-day expedition aims to uncover relationships between cold-water coral and other bottom-dwelling creatures in a pristine yet “alien” environment, according to the researchers’ blog.
“It’s been really spectacular,” Ellen Kenchington, research scientist with the Fisheries Department of Canadaâ€”one of the organizations involved in the projectâ€”told Canada’s CTV News website.
“It’s really changing our perception of the diversity that’s out there. … We’re seeing new species in deeper waters.”
Source : http://news.nationalgeographic.co.in/news/2010/07/photogalleries/100727-science-new-species-canada-deep-sea-newfoundland-pictures/#newfoundland-deep-sea-species-octopus_23992_600x450.jpg