Reporter: Scientists studying Anarctic waters have filmed and captured giant seas creatures never seen before. They saw sea spiders the size of dinner plates and jellyfish with 6 meter long tentacles. They also filmed other unknown species of sea life. Here’s more:
Narrator: A fleet of three Anarctic marine research ships returned to Australia this week ending a summer expedition to the southern ocean, where they carried out a Census of life in the icy ocean and its floor more than 1 kilometer below the surface.
Scientist: Huge diversity of life. Very rich. Very colorful. Far exceeding any of our expectations.
Narrator: The three ships all docked in Hobart on Australia’s southern island state of Tasmania. Their decks are full of an array of sea life including unknown species of sea creatures collected near the eastern Anarctic land mass.
Scientist: There are forces happening in the world, in the atmosphere, and the ocean that are going to change even the Anarctic and southern ocean. It is really important now to have a baseline, so that we know what we’ve got and whether it’s changing to put protective measures in place before it’s lost.
Narrator: The Australian Anarctic Division expedition will help scientists monitor the impact of environmental change in Anarctic waters.