The delightfully bizarre creatures that live near deep-sea vents

The delightfully bizarre creatures that live near deep-sea vents


Animals found around hydrothermal vents – from snails covered in metal plates to hairy crabs – have unusual adaptations to survive with no sunlight and extreme pressure

By Eleanor Parsons

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The deep sea holds many wonders and mysteries

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I’ve always been fascinated by the sea and the animals that can live in an environment so very different to mine. Watching humpback whales off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, captivated me as a child and I still get a thrill of excitement whenever I see any marine animals, whether that’s seals off the English coast, technicolour …

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