Weird Creatures From the Deep
A massive census of the oceans has turned up a trove of strange marine wildlife, from jellyfish to octopuses to anemones
- By Jess Righthand
- Smithsonian.com, August 06, 2010
According to an estimate from the Census of Marine Life, more than 70 percent of marine species in Japanese waters have yet to be discovered. In pursuing this abundance of unknown species, researchers may find that whales are an excellent, if unexpected, place to start. When whales die, their sunken bodies become prime habitat for a variety of sea creatures. This gastropod (from the Hydatinidae family) was recently discovered living on a sperm whale carcass in the deep sea near Kagoshima in southern Japan.