There are unknown creatures lurking under the windswept islands of the Aleutians, as per a team of scientific divers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
This summer, while completing the second phase of a two-year broad scientific survey of the waters around the Aleutian Islands, researchers have discovered what may be three new marine organisms. This year's dives surveyed the western region of the Aleutians, from Attu to Amlia Island, while last year's assessment covered the eastern region.
During the dives, two potentially new species of sea anemones have been discovered. Stephen Jewett, a professor of marine biology and the dive leader on the expedition, says that these are "walking" or "swimming" anemones because they move across the seafloor as they feed. While most sea anemones are anchored to the seabed, a "swimming" anemone can detach and drift with ocean currents. The size of these anemones ranges from the size of a softball to the size of a basketball.
Another new species is a kelp or brown algae that researchers have named the "Golden V Kelp" or Aureophycus aleuticus. As per Mandy Lindeberg, an algae expert with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service and a member of the expedition, the kelp may represent a new genus, or even family, of the seaweed. Up to ten feet long, the kelp was discovered near thermal vents in the region of the Islands of the Four Mountains...