Meet a Few of the New Species Discovered This Year!
Millions of animal species walk the Earth, yet new species are still discovered every year. In fact, scientists estimate that 86-99% of species have yet to be discovered.
The discovery process is not only fun but also helpful for Earth’s biodiversity. Discovering rare species creates the opportunity to work to prevent its extinction.
So, what secrets have been uncovered in 2021 so far? Researchers have found a variety of animal species across the globe. Check out some of the most surprising ones!
Surprising Animal Species Discovered this Year:
Nano-Chameleon B. nana (pictured above)
Found in the mountain rainforests of Madagascar
Possibly the smallest reptile known to science. B. nana, about the size of a fingernail
Yellow King Penguin
Spotted on an island north of Antarctica
Wildlife photographer Yves Adams, who made the discovery, told The Daily Mail “There were 120,000 birds on that beach and this was the only yellow one there. They all looked normal except for this one. It really was something else. It was an incredibly unique experience.”
Color comes from a pigment in the lobster’s shell
The chances of catching a yellow lobster are about 1 in 30 million
The “Masked” Bee
Rediscovered in Queensland, Australia
Before this year, had not been seen prior since 1923
Deep-Sea Dumbo (The Emperor Dumbo Octopus)
Lives 4,000 feet underwater
Located in the North Pacific Ocean
See the full list at the Discover article and stay tuned for more fun finds! And, as always, we invite you to get in touch with your industrial manufacturing marketing questions.
Photo Credit: Frank Glaw, Jörn Köhler, Oliver Hawlitschek, Fanomezana M. Ratsoavina, Andolalao Rakotoarison, Mark D. Scherz & Miguel Vences, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons