Never-Before-Seen Creatures Emerge From The Depths Of Atlantic Ocean

Nature, you're weird.

Behold, a cold, hard scientific fact, via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: "the ocean covers 71 percent of Earth's surface and contains 97 percent of the planet's water, yet more than 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored."

95 percent. No wonder scientists trip every time they discover something new hiding in the depths of Earth's waters.

Earlier this year, a group of oceanographers started a crowd-powered exploration of the coast of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. After sending a remotely operated vehicle 20,000 feet under water, they met a bunch of rare creatures.


Like this unappetizing, alien-like ocean vegetable, more famously known as "the sea cucumber."

Or a toad-like fish with actual legs just walking away from troubles in its life.

Or the Dumbo octopus, which is our personal favorite. Just look at his tiny 'ears'!

According to Quartz, the scientists encountered hundreds of species, including fish and deep sea corals. They also  discovered two underwater species that don't even have names yet.

You can visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website to read expedition logs, see more photos and videos and get daily updates on the scientist's findings. But before that, watch this video compilation by Sploid that features some of the coolest shots.

Dive in! The water is fine.


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