>> Saturday, January 24, 2009
In National Geographic, there was an article showing three new deep sea species that they have found. This one is my favorite.
It looks like some strange breathing apparatus or something. Apparently it is a sea squirt living 4006 meters underwater. It was about 20 inches long and was found to be carnivorous. The funnel is used to trap small fish and other things. This is strange because other ascidians (sea squirts) we are familiar with simply siphon plankton from the water as filter feeders.
This strange creature, and more, were found off the coast of Tasmania in the Tasmania Fracture Zone. You can read the rest of the article and see the original picture here.