Latest deep sea census yields thousands of new critters

by Anonymous on Nov. 23rd, 2009

Sea anemone: Vancouver Aquarium
Sea anemone: Vancouver AquariumCourtesy Danielle Bauer
In the latest census of ocean biodiversity, scientists from the United States and France have counted more than 5000 new species of marine life living in the extreme depths of the Earth's oceans. The zone beneath the 656-foot level - the depth where sunlight no longer reaches - used to be thought of as a "barren zone", but instead is teeming with strange and wonderful creatures that feed on the organic debris that rains down from above. The research is being led by Robert Carney, a professor of oceanography at Louisiana State University.

LSU website story
Story on MSNBC
Census of Marine Life website

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