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The longest living organism on Earth found in the Indian Ocean (3 photos + video)


While Elon Musk is preparing for the colonization of Mars,ordinary biologists on Earth continue to study the flora and fauna of our planet, discovering amazing creatures that have been hiding from humans for thousands of years in the depths of the oceans.


Huge scientific material obtained by researchersCloats Deep Canyon near the Ningalu Coral Reef in the Indian Ocean on the northwest coast of Australia. Specialists led by scientists from the Schmidt Ocean Institute aboard the Falkor research vessel examined the underwater fauna of the canyon and the Cape Ridge and identified up to 30 new biological species of living organisms. So for the first time in this part of the ocean were recorded bioluminescent squid-octopus Tanning, long-tailed sea cucumber (holothuria) and a number of mollusks, crustaceans and squat species of lobsters.


Explored the underwater depths of a SuBastian robot,sinking twenty times to a depth of 4500 meters. However, the most surprising discovery was the identification of the longest living organism on the planet, a giant siphonophore from the Apolemia family, which in fact is a colony organism formed from individual organisms - zooids. The length of the identified siphonophores is 47 meters. For comparison, a blue whale has a length of up to 30 meters.


Scientists believe that the depths of ocean canyons hide many more species unknown to mankind and capable of revealing the secrets of the evolution of the animal world on Earth.

Source: schmidtocean