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Last Updated: Thursday May 17 2007 14:48 GMT

In pictures: Antarctic treasures

Picture: A Rose

More than 700 new species of sea creatures have been discovered in the waters of Antarctica. Scientists uncovered some weird and wonderful things - like this Ctenocidaris.

Picture: W Brokeland

The harsh conditions in the area meant that scientists thought that few creatures could survive. But this Munna crustacean was among 1,000 species found living there.

Picture: BAS

Here's another tough name - this is a member of a family of creatures called Epimeriidae. It was previously unknown to scientists, despite its bright pink colour!

Picture: BAS

Check out this tiny and strange-looking creature - it's called a gastropod. It looks like a snail hiding in some cotton wool.

Picture: W Brokeland

This is a young male isopod. The discovery of these creatures is really important because it can tell scientists about how sealife has changed in the Antarctic over the years.

Picture: A Rose

Lots of the newly-discovered species were tiny, but this glass sponge was one of the team's larger finds. Scientists found 76 species of sponge - 37 of which they had never seen before.

Picture: A Rose

The discoveries uncover differences between creatures in various parts of the sea. Take this Paraceradocus - those in the deep are white, but ones in shallow water are red!



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