5 Weird Creatures from the Gulf of Mexico – Threatened by Oil Spill15/05/2010
There are some 17,650 species of life discovered living deeper than 200 metres in our oceans. Little to no light penetrates. There is no photosynthesis. Yes life does exist and just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean its not there.
Here is a peek into what we don’t get a chance to see in the Gulf of Mexico:
#1 Pancake Batfish (Halieutichthys aculeatus)
A couple new species varied from the Pancake Batfish have been recently discovered in the Gulf.
It’s a strange looking tiny creature that amazingly uses its fins like feet to walk across the ocean floor. Sporting a long nose that can project a lure to entice other critters closer to its mouth, this little fish is only a couple of inches long.
#2. The Sea Cucumber (Enypniastes)
At 1.7 miles down in the northern Gulf of Mexico, scientists have recorded “transparent” sea cucumbers moving around the ocean floor with their tentacles.
Dr Chris German,from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, US, says:
‘The deep sea is the Earth’s largest continuous ecosystem and largest habitat for life. It is also the least studied.’
#3. Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni)
Here is a link to the actual record of the first single catch of a: Goblin Shark in the Gulf of Mexico
The Goblin Shark is found in the deep ocean, far below where sunlight may penetrate depths greater than 200 m. They can be found throughout the world, from Australia in the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.
Only when the last tree has died, the last river is polluted and the last fish is gone will we realize we cannot eat money.