New Marine Species Discovered in Indonesian Waters

As many as 40 new plant and animal species have been discovered following a deep-water voyage into Indonesian waters. From sea spiders to giant basket stars, VIEW OUR GALLERY of colorful marine life skimming the sea floor.

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Scientists using cutting-edge technology to explore waters off Indonesia were wowed by colorful and diverse images of marine life on the ocean floor - including plate-sized sea spiders and flower-like sponges that appear to be carnivorous. As many as 40 new plant and animal species may have been discovered during the three-week expedition that ended Aug. 14.

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Benthopelagic Sea Cucumber

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Brittlestar on Golden Coral

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Octopus

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Giant Basket Star

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Hermit Crab

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Sea Lily

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Squat Lobsters

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Bubblegum Coral

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