Over the past ten years, more than 20,000 new marine animals and plants discovered worldwide | Flanders Marine Institute
 

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Over the past ten years, more than 20,000 new marine animals and plants discovered worldwide

Oostende (2017.06.07) - The world's ocean accounts for 70% of the earth's surface, but has not yet showcased all its secrets. This is evident from the World Register for Marine Species, hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend, Belgium. In the past ten years, marine researchers worldwide have discovered and evaluated 21.554 species new to science. Some of these are real gems and carry an inspiring name or intriguing story.

Press release by: Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), LifeWatch Belgium and World Register of Marine Species

Tomorrow, on June 8th or World Ocean Day, the counter stands at 242,500. So many animal and plant species are counted yet in the ocean and its peripheral seas. So many species have been discovered to date and included in the authoritarian World Register for Marine Species (WoRMS - www.marinespecies.org). The actual number is estimated to be between 300,000 and 2 million.

 

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The full press release is available in English op: http://lifewatch.be/en/2018.04.23-WoRMS-LifeWatch-press-release.

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Jan Seys - VLIZ
+32-(0)478-37 64 13 | jan.seys@vliz.be