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Treasure trove of creatures lies beneath waves

Tim Ecott

Published 05/08/2010 | 05:00

A Dragon Fish is just one of the bizarre creatures of the deep
A Dragon Fish is just one of the bizarre creatures of the deep

Tourists forced out of the water on the Costa Blanca this week by an 'invasion' of jellyfish will probably not have had time to admire the creatures' bright purple hue or the way their luminous, transparent bodies emit a ghostly, yellow glow at night.

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Seen from below, with a shaft of sunlight illuminating the purple veins of their pulsing domes, they are as beautiful as a Tiffany glass lampshade.

Some of the beach-bound swimmers gazing at the forbidden Mediterranean may be gladdened by the news that the sea has been identified in the new Census of Marine Life as one of the world's top five areas for marine biodiversity.

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