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The expedition revealed that an underwater mountain range off Easter Island hosts creatures unknown to science

The expedition revealed that an underwater mountain range off Easter Island hosts creatures unknown to science

An underwater mountain range off Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, hosts an “astonishing” array of deep-sea species, at least 50 of which are new to science, researchers report.

At a depth of about 2,600 to 4,000 feet (800 to 1,200 meters) beneath the waves of the Southeast Pacific Ocean, researchers on the Schmidt Ocean Institute expedition have discovered the deepest PhotosynthesisNo approved animal has ever been found – A Leptospirosis, or wrinkled coral, which is already known to science. Other stunning sightings include a jellyfish-like creature known as the Flying Spaghetti Monster (Pathophyssa conifer) and the deep-sea luminous dragonfish of the Stomiidae family. Scientists have previously described these creatures, along with more than 100 other species, but they have never been spotted in this region before. Another 50 specimens, not yet analysed, are believed to be newly discovered species.