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Scientists have found [dozen / dozens] of strange-looking deep sea creatures off the [coast / coastal] of Australia. The deep-sea beasts live in [totally / total] darkness four kilometres below the surface of the ocean. The researchers used a special submarine that could [cape / cope] with the crushing pressure of being [so / such] deep in the ocean. The difficult environment and conditions mean it is a difficult place [for / to] explore. Researcher Dr Tim O'Hara said: "Australia's deep-sea environment is larger [in / on] size than the mainland, and until now, almost nothing was [known / knowing] about life there. We're really excited about the discoveries that we've made and are [thrilling / thrilled] that we can now share them with the Australian and international [public / publicly] ."

The scientists are surprised at how odd-looking [many / much] of the sea creatures are. The research team gave them some similarly [oddly / odd] names. They [discovered / discovery] a red coffin fish, a cookie cutter shark, zombie worms, tripod fish and sea pigs. Some of [these / them] creatures may be new [species / specimen] . Researchers are particularly interested in the coffin fish. They say it has blue eyes, red [fins / fin] , and a unique method for catching [pray / prey] in the dark. The scientists said it uses a "fishing rod tipped with a fluffy [beat / bait] on top of its head". The researchers also found, "highly [concerned / concerning] levels of rubbish" including, "debris from the days when steamships [plied / piled] our waters". They said: "The seafloor has 200 years of rubbish on it."

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