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New and Rare Creatures Discovered off NZ
By Angela Messina, February 6, 2013 @ 09:17 AM (EST)
Source: Science Alert

Scientists recently surveying an area northeast of New Zealand called the Kermadec Trench discovered a new species of eelpout as well as a species of rattail that hasn’t been seen in New Zealand waters for over a hundred years.

The eelpout, a brown, eel-like fish with small pectoral fins, was discovered in the deep sea waters of the trench.

The Kermadec Trench is one of the deepest places in the world and, in parts, reaches 32,800 feet in depth. Scientists hope that this survey will help them to better understand how climate change affects the deep sea surrounding New Zealand.

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