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Press Release 14-011

New sea anemone species discovered in Antarctica

ANDRILL team finds Edwardsiella andrillae sea anemones burrowed in underside of Ross Ice Shelf

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A new species of sea anemone living in the underside of the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica

A new species of sea anemone, Edwardsiella andrillae, is observed living anchored in the ice at the underside of the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica--one anemone with an unidentified organism, nicknamed the "eggroll" holding on to it.

Credit: Dr. Frank R. Rack, ANDRILL Science Management Office, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Tubular, remotely operated vehicle named SCINI, under water

This remotely operated vehicle, known as SCINI (Submersible Capable of under Ice Navigation and Imaging) travels under the Antarctic ice to photograph benthic communities. It was used by Dr. Stacy Kim for her biological research and, with modification, by ANDRILL in the discovery of the new sea anemone species.

Credit: Dr. Stacy Kim, National Science Foundation


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During a routine test of an underwater robot, NSF scientists from University of Nebraska-Lincoln made a startling discovery...an entirely new species of sea anemone living inside the ice.

Credit: NSF


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