back to article Plenty more fish (and other eukaryotes) in the sea, say boffins

While scientists have painstakingly documented the existence of 226,000 marine species to date, there remain two to three times as many sea-dwelling creatures yet to be discovered, a new study has suggested. Researchers at the University of Florida, who worked with more than 100 taxonomists and biologists to reach their …

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  1. James Micallef Silver badge
    Meh

    Larger species?

    It's likely that most of the larger species have already been found (and are in the process of being fished to extinction) while most of what's left to find are tiny or bottom-dwellers

  2. Christoph
    Boffin

    " eukaryotic marine species - which means any living thing not including bacteria or viruses."

    Or archaea.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As Below So Above

    Must agree. Just look around. Lots of bottom-feeders.

  4. Armando 123
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    "enormous bottom cucumbers"

    I now have a new phrase to make the kids laugh and the wife roll her eyes.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Coat

      But remember, the best educators...

      ..."show, don't tell"

    2. TeeCee Gold badge
      Stop

      Re: "enormous bottom cucumbers"

      Remember though that the sea has a vast bottom in which to accomodate its 10' cucumbers.

      Do not try this at home.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Careful now, if they poke around too much they might wake the Kraken.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    and how many of those new species are tasty?

    Sea cucumbers are for a start. Makes a nice underwater snack whilst scuba diving. Good use for deco stop time.

    1. Martin Budden

      Re: and how many of those new species are tasty?

      Sea cucumbers are NOT tasty. They are like gritty snot. Where's the puke icon when you need it?

  7. RegGuy1 Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Paulay - an expert on sea cucumbers that can grow to about 10 foot long

    Surely you mean 3m.

    Do people really still use that imperial anachronism?

    1. Martin Budden

      Re: Paulay - an expert on sea cucumbers that can grow to about 10 foot long

      Thank you. SI only at the Reg please.

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