Scientists discover more than 100 new species in completely new ocean zone in Bermuda

  • Marine scientists from Oxford have just confirmed their surprising discovery of a completely new zone of the ocean in the Bermuda
  • Dubbed as the  Rariphotic Zone, the region was found by researchers from Oxford University under the Nekton Mission I

Marine scientists from Oxford have discovered more than 100 new species of underwater creatures in an untouched ocean zone and they had no idea the zone was there.

Dubbed as the  Rariphotic Zone or the rare light zone, laying off the coast of Bermuda, the region was found by researchers from Oxford University under the Nekton Mission I. The mission was a deep-sea survey to investigate the state of ocean around Bermuda, Sargasso Sea, and the Northwest Atlantic.

This remarkable new ocean zone boasts of 100 completely new species and ranges from 226 to 984 feet in depth, as The Telegraph reports. This zone includes exceedingly small crustaceans known as tanaids, a coral that is shaped like black coils of wire that shoot up to nearly seven feet in height, and a large number of new algae species that have never been observed up until now.

“We believe we have discovered dozens of new species of algae including the deepest ever record to have had its DNA sequenced. Many are recognized for demonstrating a new bio-geographical link between Bermuda and the Indo-Pacific,” professor Craig Schneider, Trinity College, Connecticut, one of the participating scientists, said in a statement.

Watch their video below via YouTube.