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9 newly discovered species

By: Shea Gunther on June 1, 2011, 11:24 a.m.
Gorgon head starfish

Photo: David Shale/University of Aberdeem

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Gorgon head starfish

The gorgon head starfish, or the basket star, is a cousin to the starfish and is well named — its arms split off its body like alien tentacles. The gorgon head starfish was discovered by scientists from Scotland's University of Aberdeen while they were studying marine life along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It was caught a half mile down and eats plankton and shrimp.