Oct 28, 2013:- A James Cook University-National Geographic expedition to Cape York Peninsula in north-east Australia has found three vertebrate species new to science and isolated for millions of years—a bizarre looking Cape Melville Leaf-tailed Gecko, a golden-coloured Cape Melville Shade Skink and a boulder-dwelling flotched Boulder-frog.
The Red Gurnard or Chelidonichthys spinosus is just one of the over 100 different species of Sea Robins or Gurnards. This quite peculiar salt water fish is normally found at the sea floor of the ocean in depths of up to 200 m (660 ft). Like other Sea Robins, they have a set of wings and six spiny feet that actually allow them to walk on the ocean floor in search of food. These wings are actually pectoral fins that they use to “fly” through the waters.
The recent unprecedented video footage of a giant squid filmed in its deep ocean habitat has renewed interest in the enormous — and yet still mysterious — species. It’s believed that giant squid (genus Architeuthis) can grow up to 55 feet long. The individual captured on video via a small submarine located in the North Pacific Ocean was about 30 feet long and silver and gold in color, marine biologist Edie Widder, who helped to shoot the footage, said. Her colleague Tsunemi Kubodera added that the squid was missing its two longest tentacles. Cephalopod experts are intrigued by the world record footage.