Dalai Lama meets Sirsoe dalailamai
Sirsoe dalailamai is a new species (Hesionidae, Annelida) named in honor of the 80th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was found living at methane seep off Costa Rica (Jaco Scar) 9°07.054N; 84°50.372W ~ 1800 meters depth. It was collected by HOV Alvin, Dive 4590. Jan 11, 2010.
Every year scientists discover new
species of marine life from deep within the vast global oceans. Each of these
new discoveries adds to the catalog of known organisms on Earth, and deepens
the knowledge of ocean biodiversity.
Donors who name a species will receive a framed print of their named organism, as well as a copy of the scientific publication in which it is first described.
"By supporting the collections
through species naming, donors have an opportunity for their name, or the name
of a person they love or respect, to be immortalized forever," said Greg
Rouse, curator of the Scripps Benthic Invertebrate Collection. "This type
of unique gift highlights the vast unknown diversity in the sea that Scripps
scientists are working to document and describe."
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