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Last Updated: Friday July 16 2010 20:12 GMT

In pics: New deep-sea creatures on Barrier Reef

A deep-sea anglerfish

Lots of strange deep-sea creatures, like this anglerfish, have been caught on camera for the first time - hundreds of metres below the surface on the Great Barrier Reef.

A deep-sea anglerfish

Scientists from Australia put cameras on the sea floor - that's a depth of 1,400 metres!

A deep-sea anglerfish

When you're so far down in the ocean, there is very little light. So they had to use really special high-tech cameras that work in the dark.

A deep-sea amphipod crustacean

The cameras were controlled remotely so they could capture some amazing images, like this one of a deep-sea amphipod crustacean.

A deep-sea red jellyfish Atolla

This is a deep-sea red jellyfish Atolla - the reef where it lives is called Osprey and is part of a conservation zone.

A Peraphilla deep-sea jellyfish

Another jellyfish - a Peraphilla deep-sea one. Recent oil spills and global warming have made it more urgent to study deep-sea life, say scientists from the Deep Australia project.

A deep-sea hatchetfish

Here's a hatchetfish. Lead scientist Justin Marshall said: "We simply don't know what life is down there and our cameras can now record the behaviour and life in... the deep-sea."

A deep-sea viperfish

The special cameras that shot this viperfish are being sent to the Gulf of Mexico, the site of the huge US oil spill. They'll be used to see how the oil has affected deep-sea life there.



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