Tuesday, November 24, 2009

‘The diversity of life in the deep sea is much, much greater than we've believed’

A recent study of the deep ocean, where the sun don’t shine (about three miles down), catalogued 17,650 creatures. (Reuters) Out of 650 copepod (a kind of tiny crustacean) specimens, only seven could be identified. The findings prompted one researcher to say, “The diversity of life in the deep sea is much, much greater than we've believed.”

Among the more bizarre creatures studied is a type of tube worm that feeds on oil seeping from the seafloor.

Interesting fact, light only penetrates to a depth of about 650 feet, which is about as tall as the Washington Monument is.

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