Census of Marine Life

A $650-million project that has been ongoing since May of 2000 to inventory and document every species in the world’s oceans is nearing completion.  Over 400 shipboard expeditions have yielded more than 5,600 new species and located species long thought extinct such as a shrimp thought extinct for 50 million years.  The study has also allowed scientists to understand migration patterns such as a species of albatross that can circumnavigate the globe in a mere 46 days.

Read more: Census of Marine Life maps an ocean of species – Los Angeles Times