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China’s sub finds mysterious deep-sea living creatures

China’s sub finds mysterious deep-sea living creatures
With a size similar to a regular sea cucumber, the first mysterious creature broke into three parts when it was taken to the vessel in the south west Indian Ocean, official media reports said on Thursday. Since the living being was transparent, scientists could see its blue and brown viscera clearly.

“This might be a special kind of sea cucumber, but we need to make sure after further analysis in labs,” Lu Bo, a scientist with the Second Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), told state-run Xinhua news agency.

Looking like a small pink snake, the second weird creature, which is 330 centimeters long and three centimeters wide, is completely unknown for the scientists. Two bubbles appeared in its body, due to pressure change, scientists said. “These two living beings might be new species but we can’t be certain with limited tools and data on the ship,” Lu Bo said. Additionally, the Jiaolong gathered 15 deep-sea shrimps, water and sulfide weighing 6.9 kilograms.

Earlier, Jiaolong which started the operations few weeks ago already secured contracts to explore Indian Ocean for polymetallic sulphide ore and its research vessel has discovered two hydrothermal areas and four hydrothermal anomaly areas in February this year in southwest Indian Ocean.
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