Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Undersea ‘City’ Discovered

South of the New Zeland coast, on the peak of an underwater mountain scientists have discovered a massive “city” of brittle-stars, reports New Scientist. There are “tens of millions” of them.

In nature, tens of millions of defenseless creatures usually spells one thing: buffet. And it should not last long before predators move in and clean house. But as it turns out, there’s a “circumpolar current flowing over and around the seamount” that both feeds and protects the brittle stars. The current brings food particles within a tentacles reach, and is so strong that it “sweeps away” predators.

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