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Oceana's Ranger discovered an underwater seamount, where a large concentration of open-water fish and marine mammal species happen to frequent, located about 35 miles from the Murcia coast in Spain.

The ketch catamaran's remote operating vehicle recorded images of whales, sea turtles, swordfish, sunfish, eels, corals and even a little-known species called the sharpnose sevengill shark.

Thankfully, this pelagic hotspot is so coarse and rocky that it's nearly impossible for bottom trawlers to dredge up. Not completely untouched, though, Oceana crew also detected garbage and abandoned fishing tackle.


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