The species “Epizoanthus martinsae” lives on black corals at depths of 400 meters.
In the most detailed study ever conducted in the Atlantic Ocean for five years, 12 new species were discovered.
Algae animals, mollusks, and corals had not been discovered until now due to insufficient bottom studies.
Scientists warn that newly discovered species may already be threatened by climate change.
Carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean raises the acid level in the water and causes rotting of corals in particular.
Corals create protection and feeding grounds for many species.
Scientists stress that “it is not too late” to protect these special species and habitats.