Explorers Probing Deep Sea Abyss Off Australia's Coast Find Living Wonders

A month-long expedition into one of the deepest, least-documented places on the planet discovered hundreds of unknown species. The finds included a "faceless fish" undocumented there since 1873.
Source: Courtesy of Museums Victoria / CSIRO

Far below the surface of the ocean, off the coast of eastern Australia is an area simply known as "the abyss." The largest and deepest habitat on the planet, the abyssal zone stretches well beyond Australia's waters and spans half the world's oceans — but it remains largely unexplored.

Marine biologist Tim O'Hara

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