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Scientists may have found new fish species

Scientists have discovered what they believe is a new fish species and at least 20 types of previously unknown seaweeds during a recent expedition to one of Caribbean?s most diverse marine areas a coral-covered underwater mountain off the island of Saba.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 13:25 IST

Scientists have discovered what they believe is a new fish species and at least 20 types of previously unknown seaweeds during a recent expedition to one of Caribbean’s most diverse marine areas a coral-covered underwater mountain off the island of Saba. It could take a year before researchers confirm the findings.

During their two weeks at the atoll, divers braved 12-foot seas to plunge 100 feet underwater twice daily to collect marine samples. Their efforts turned up unique striped patterns on the seaweeds and one fish that researchers believe is new to science: a goby with orange spots.

The researchers called the area ‘the epicentre of diversity for seaweeds in the Caribbean’.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 13:25 IST