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Book Showcases Previously Unseen Sea Creatures

French wildlife journalist Claire Nouvian has put together a book of newly discovered sea life called "The Deep." Her work demonstrates new techniques scientists are employing to discover and document these creatures.

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    While the deep sea has long tantalized humans, it's only been in the last century that exploration has been technically possible. And only recently have scientists started realizing the immensity of what lies far below the surface.

    French wildlife producer and journalist Claire Nouvian became obsessed with life in the deep ocean about five years ago, after a visit to California's Monterey Bay Aquarium. She started going on ocean expeditions, and she began to collect photographs taken by scientists of life that exists in darkness far below the surface.

    She's put 200 of the most spectacular into a new book called "The Deep," photos of exotic and never-before-seen animals: a rare jellyfish; an almost cute octopus; heat-loving worms; and a variety of scary-looking fish. Many of these creatures have not even been named, they are so newly discovered.

    CLAIRE NOUVIAN, Author, "The Deep": That's really where we come from. Life originated in the water.


    I talked with her in an underwater observation tunnel at San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay.


    I had been doing wildlife films, so I thought I knew what animals were pretty much like on this planet, and I was really amazed to see that there was this huge chunk of my wildlife culture that was missing. I just was really stunned. I mean, my mind was blown.


    Scientists long suspected that the deep contained a wealth of unseen life, but they had little proof. Now, evolving technologies, including both unmanned and manned submersible vehicles able to withstand crushing undersea pressure, have resulted in the first high-definition photos of some of those species.


    One of the big surprises for me was to find that there was a different group of octopods, sort of octopuses, and they're finned. So they have very large fins around the head, so they look like very large ears, right? So they're very often called Dumbo octopuses. And that's one of the Dumbos. Obviously, it's very popular with kids, because it looks like a Pokemon.