It's a holiday destination where you're bound to spot stars. Tens of millions of them, in fact.
A vast colony of brittle stars have been found perched atop a submerged mountain, taller than the highest skyscraper.
The group – dubbed Brittle Star City – was found on an undersea mountain measuring 750m (2,460ft) above the ocean floor.
Just a few of the vast colony of brittle stars found on a submerged mountain south of New Zealand
'We were excited to see such a huge assemblage of brittle stars,' said Dr Ashley Rowden, a researcher from New Zealand.
'It is amazing to see a vast array of one type of organism.'
Brittle stars resemble starfish but instead of using tube feet to get around they use their arms, which can grow to 60cm (24in).
They usually hide under rocks or in coral crevices, only emerging at night to feed. But this brazen lot have been basking on the flat top of the seamount, feasting on food which is swept up to them by powerful currents.
The peak is just 90m (295ft) below sea level. It lies on the Macquarie Ridge, which stretches from 1,400km (870 miles) south of New Zealand to just above the Antarctic Circle.
The colony was found during a research trip to examine the bio-diveristy of the region.
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