Most of what we know about our marine environment is in shallow coastal waters, which are easier to access and research. Despite this, we are making new discoveries all the time from shallow to deep waters. We are still discovering new species of all sizes, such as a new species of deepwater giant sunfish (Mola tecta) discovered in 2017 and the shallow-water Trnskii’s clingfish (Dellichthys trnskii) found in 2018. New habitats have also been discovered and researched, such as the deep rocky reefs located between 50 m and 300 m deep.
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