Hundreds of New Creatures Found on Australian Reefs
"People have been working at these places for a long time, and still there are literally hundreds and hundreds of new species that no one has ever collected or described."
- Julian Caley, project co-leader
Sydney, Australia - Marine scientists have discovered hundreds of new animal species on reefs in Australian waters, including brilliant soft corals and tiny crustaceans, according to findings released Thursday.
The project marks the first time any group has made a concerted effort to understand the biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef, said Ron Johnstone, a marine science professor at the University of Queensland who is familiar with the research.