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In many ways the ocean is the last great unexplored frontier on our planet. Far beneath the sun’s reach, down in its darkest depths, there is a bounty of mysterious, even alien-like never-seen-before creatures just now being discovered. In the last decade alone thousands of previously unknown species have been pulled from the depths. Most recently, in the deep, dark waters near the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, scientists found new species of fish and corals that could be mistaken for alien life. The Puerto Rico Trench is deepest trench in the Atlantic, reaching depths of up to nearly 29,000 feet and extending for nearly 500 miles.
Filmed for the first time, hundreds of these never-before-seen species prove that there is still much to discover in our oceans.
Andrea Quattrini, the science co-lead for the expedition, said that 95 percent of the ocean remains unexplored, noting, “It’s pretty amazing that we haven’t been there yet, exploring really deep depths. Many of the these deep-sea dwelling animals are rarely seen, and some were so new that they don’t even have a name. Some 100 species of fish, 50 species of deep-water corals and hundreds of other invertebrates were recorded over 12 dives in the area.
What else could be lurking down there that we don’t even know about yet?