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Scientists discover 1,451 new creatures in the world’s oceans in 2014

Scientists discover 1,451 new creatures in the world’s oceans in 2014

In the last year alone, scientists have discovered 1,451 new species in our oceans, including the Australian humpback dolphin, 139 sponges, a South African “star-gazing shrimp” and a giant, venomous, tentacle-free box jellyfish about 50 cm (20 inches) long found off Australia, according to an international audit of the seas published on March 12, 2015.

However many species were likely to go extinct — due to pollution, climate change and acidification — before they were even found, said Jan Mees, co-chair of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS).
The World Register of Marine Species – which aims to become an inventory of all known ocean life – numbers 228,450 species, with new names being added every day. And scientists estimated that between 500,000 and 2 million more multicelled marine organisms were still unknown.

Despite the expansion of our knowledge however, scientists estimate we still only know about a tenth of the marine life on Earth. And researchers believe it would take 360 more years to identify every creature thought to exist in the oceans.


Updated : 2021-09-26 22:19 GMT+08:00