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The wreck site became an eco system for marine life. The team saw species that the textbooks said did not exist at this depth. The lack of light, heat and current more than 7,000 feet below the surface allowed for the preservation of artifacts, including the Central America’s paddle wheels. A new species of Benthoctopus — a type of deep-sea octopus — was discovered at the site, above right. 64 WBM july 2016 PHOTO COURTESY OF LANCE McAFEE AND NEMO PHOTO COURTESY OF LANCE McAFEE AND NEMO PHOTO COURTESY OF LANCE McAFEE AND NEMO PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OHIO JOURNAL OF SCIENCE, VOL. 95(1)/ HERDENDORF, C.E., T.G. THOMPSON, AND R.D. EVANS/1995/SCIENCE ON A DEEP-OCEAN SHIPWRECK


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