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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Biodiversity in the Gulf of Maine

A new study shows that 3,317 marine species live in the Gulf of Maine — about 1,300 more than scientists once thought.
The study, released this week, identifies 733 microscopic plants, 652 kinds of fish, 184 bird species, 32 species of mammals and 14 types of deepwater coral. The overall count is 65 percent higher than previous estimates.

The species range from microscopic algae to whales living in waters from intertidal zones to the deep sea. [Link]
The census was conducted by USM and the Huntsman Marine Science Center in New Brunswick.

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