More new species have been discovered this past week off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador as scientists were using a robot to take pictures and grab samples of coral and sponges.
The Canadian scientists were on a 20-day expedition when they started gathering samples from 3 kilometers deep in the ocean.
What they found was 2 new species of coral and at least 6 different sponge species which the scientists called “trees of the ocean” because of their importance in the ocean ecosystem.
These sponges and corals were examined and thought to be over 1,000 years old. The new specimens are crucial to marine life because the newly found coral species for example, is several meters long and helps to chance the flow of water currents – just like a tree in a forest serves to cut down wind and house birds and other creatures.