One hundred new marine species had been discovered by American scientists during their underwater expedition. Scientists from California Academy of Sciences published an article of their discoveries from the recently held multi-year exploration on the Coral Triangle's biological treasures.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says that Coral Triangle is the marine area that can be located in the western Pacific Ocean including the marine waters of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands.
Mysterious animals had been also collected from dimly lit reefs for the Academy's Steinhart Aquarium exhibit. Accoding to Senior Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Terry Gosliner, PhD of California Academy of Sciences, the Philippines has vast variety of diverse and threatened species.
Principal Investigator of the expedition shared that the country has rich biodiversity yet was still unknown. The studies recently held were expected to help the country take care of its biodiversity. The expedition focused in Verde Island Passage located between Mindoro and the island of Luzon.
Colorful Sea Slugs
Gosliner also shared that Verde Island Passage has a vast diversity of marine habitats. It is a place perfect to find new species of sea slugs. Around 40 new species of vibrant see slugs called nudibranchs had ben discovered. These are known to be poisonous. Many of them were also discovered in Puerto Galera.
The academy also aims to work with their partners and colleagues in the Philippines. There were 17 colleagues from the Philippines who worked with the team of the academy.
Gosliner explained that the academy does not only wants to study and leave, they also want to work with the global communities to make effective management strategies. Sustaining ecosystems are important and locals play a big role in it as they live and make a living in the places of vast biodiversities.