The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) recently completed a six-week expedition to the southern Indian Ocean. The crew studied six seamounts with the goal of developing “ecosystem approaches to fisheries management for biologically-globally significant and commercially-important areas beyond national jurisdiction, the high seas.” They collected nearly 7,000 species, many of which are new discoveries and delightfully odd!
Check out their blog for an account of their adventures and additional photos.
Also, you can support IUCN and projects like this one by donating here.
More about the Barreleye from a previous post.
All photos by Sarah Gotheil
I wonder if unidentified octopi make good pets?