Earth is a biosphere which has been explored by human inhabitants for thousands of years. In this time, we have thought to have found a vast majority of the species that inhabit the planet with us. The truth is, there are parts of this Earth that have creatures that we could never imagine lying within its depths.
Over 40 scientists from 17 different countries teamed up in September to explore the Atacama Trench, which is located about 7 miles deep below Peru and Ecuador. The temperature in the trench is freezing, the pressure is high, and the knowledge of the area is scarce. Thankfully, the scientists were able to use state of the art cameras, and other tracking devices to search the depths for undiscovered species.
The adaptations that are necessary for creatures to live in depths of the ocean are incredible, in the sense that there are little to no other animals on Earth that have the ability to sustain life in places such as the Atacama Trench. The team found three new species, one of which being the Atacama snailfish.
It truly is remarkable how many species we have yet to discover, and even more incredible that we have developed the technology that gives us the ability to navigate areas which were impossible only a few decades ago.