During the International Year of Biodiversity, Oceana and Fundación Biodiversidad are providing video footage and scientific data on marine areas which should be protected in Spain because of their special importance. The continental shelf of the Canary Islands is very narrow and drops steeply down to 10,000 feet, which makes exploration difficult. With the help of an underwater robot (ROV) sent down to a depth of 2,300 feet, a score number of new species that had never been seen before in these waters has been found, and there are other species which are rare or for which there is little biological information that have been filmed live. Oceana calls for the extension of the marine protected areas in order to safeguard this biodiversity hotspot.

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