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A team of marine scientists has recorded alive and swimming for the first time a sea creature so rare that its very existence had until now only been unconfirmed speculation. Meet the ruby sea dragon, first identified as a species in 2015 based on DNA sequencing of just four dried out specimens that had washed ashore or caught in trawling nets. Sea dragons are related to seahorses and pipefish.
“We had very good details on where the fish in 2007 had been found, but very little other information to go on,” says Greg Rouse from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, who led the expedition to the remote Archipelago of the Recherche.
“We knew it was like finding a needle in a haystack to go and look for this thing.”
Source: New Scientist
The researchers from the University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography used a mini-remotely operated vehicle in waters more than 50 meters deep near the Recherche Archipelago off Esperance.
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