I haven’t said much about taxonomy or new species in a while, have I? Here is a lovely mini-documentary (about 13 minutes) about the Census of Marine Life, a ten-year project to survey creatures in the world’s oceans that ended last year. It talks about how reserachers actually identify a species as something new to science and how they describe and name it. It also features a researcher spraypainting polychaetes on a wall for some reason.
Talking about deep-sea creatures makes me think of this amazing, amazing, amazing animation called “The Deep”. It uses tools and other metallic household objects as organisms from the abyssal depths. What’s really stunning how it captures the motion of fish and other marine life. Even the creatures that aren’t (to my knowledge) based on actual species are amazingly lifelike.