Oz researchers discover `new seahorse species`

Researchers at the James Cook University (JCU) have apparently discovered a tiny new species of seahorse in the north of Queensland.

Updated: Nov 01, 2010, 13:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Researchers at the James Cook University (JCU) have apparently discovered a tiny new species of seahorse in the north of Queensland.

The scientists were on a weeklong expedition about 200 kilometres off Cairns of state Queensland, looking at corals and the creatures that live in the "twilight zone" - an area between 30 and 150 meters below the ocean`s surface.
The report said that the project aimed at examining what lives deep beneath the ocean, and scientists were looking at corals and the creatures that live in the "twilight zone" - an area between 30 and 150 meters below the ocean`s surface.

"As you go deeper and deeper you find less familiar critters," expedition leader Tom Bridge said.
"We found a tiny little seahorse that was about four or five millimeters tall. Pygmy seahorses have been discovered, before but I`ve never seen one quite that small before and no one has ever recovered one from quite that deep either," said Bridge.

However, the samples of the tiny seahorses are yet to be examined to confirm what they are.

ANI

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