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A new species of squid has been discovered by scientists during a research cruise in the southern Indian ocean.
The 70cm-long specimen is a large member of the chiroteuthid family, which are long and slender with light-producing organs, which act as lures to attract prey.
The new species was found during analysis of 7,000 samples gathered during last year’s Seamounts cruise led by the conservation group IUCN.
The aim of the cruise was to unveil the mysteries of seamounts (underwater mountains) in the southern Indian Ocean and to help improve conservation and management of marine resources in the area.
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