An exotic six-sided animal thought to be extinct and a previously unknown type of blind shrimp have been found living near geysers on the Atlantic sea floor.
Just back from an expedition two miles beneath the ocean surface, Peter Rona of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said he also found mysterious blue-white plumes from geysers where only white or black plumes were known before, and saw massive mineral deposits.
The deep-water submersible Alvin was used for trips to the undersea vents about 1,800 miles east of Miami in May and June. Until recently, the vents were thought to exist only in the Pacific.
The previously unknown genus of shrimp seems to live off bacteria growing in the hot water, roaming around the edges of the geysers to eat while trying to avoid being scalded by the 660-degree water, Rona said.