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Strange deep-sea creatures found near Australia






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Scientists have found many strange deep-sea creatures off the coast of Australia. The creatures live in total darkness four kilometres deep. It is a difficult place to explore. A submarine that could manage the crushing pressure of being so deep took photos. A researcher said: "Until now, almost nothing was known about life [in this deep ocean]. We're really excited about the discoveries that we've made and are thrilled that we can now share them."

The scientists gave the creatures strange names, such as red coffin fish, cookie cutter shark, zombie worm, tripod fish and sea pig. They think the coffin fish may be a new species. It has blue eyes, red fins, and a unique method for catching its prey. It uses a "fishing rod tipped with a fluffy bait on top of its head". The researchers also found, "highly concerning levels of rubbish". They said: "The seafloor has 200 years of rubbish on it."

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