Exotic new life forms found thriving near deep underwater vents

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White Octopus spotted on ocean floor.

It’s easy to imagine that the seafloor miles beneath the icy surface of the Southern Ocean might be a cold, dark, inhospitable place, as devoid of life as the vacuum of space it so closely resembles — but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In a recent expedition near Antartica, researchers from Oxford discovered dozens of remarkable new species thriving in one of the most extreme environments on the planet, alongside deep-sea hydrothermal vents where temperatures can reach over 750F…

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