It was an exhaustive effort, but it’s finally over. Some 2700 scientists spent 9000 days at sea for nearly 10 years, using all manner of camera, video, radar, sonar, and other measures designed to capture, codify, and catalog the creatures under the sea. The effort was rewarded, as the Census of Marine Life uncovered some 250,000 species of ocean life, including many species thought to be extinct and lots of weird-looking fish to marvel over.
The sheer variety of fish uncovered is spectacular. You’ve seen some of these critters before, like the world-famous blobfish, but many of the fish are fish being seen for the very first time. It is going to take years for scientists to classify all the new images captured and all the new species uncovered in the weird depths of the ocean.
The cost of the Census of Marine Life? A staggering $650 million dollars. However, if just one of these new weird fish proves to be useful in treating some disease, it will be all worth it.
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