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Polar depths yield hundreds of weird spieces


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#1    Princess Serenity

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 08:42 PM

Carnivorous sponges, blind creepy-crawlies adorned with hairy antennae and ribbed worms are just some of the new characters found to inhabit the dark abysses of the Southern Ocean, an alien abode once thought devoid of such life.

Recent expeditions have uncloaked this polar region, finding nearly 600 species of organisms never described before and challenging some assumptions that deep-sea biodiversity is depressed. The findings also suggest that all of Earth's marine life originated in Antarctic waters.

Scientists had assumed that the deep sea of the South Pole would follow similar trends in biodiversity documented for the Arctic. "There are less species in the Arctic than around the equator," said one of the scientists behind the study, Brigitte Ebbe, a taxonomist at the German Center for Marine Biodiversity Research. "People assumed that it would be the same if you went from the equator south, but it didn't prove to be true at all."

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Edited by MoonPrincess, 17 May 2007 - 08:42 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2007 - 08:53 PM

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Carnivorous sponges, blind creepy-crawlies adorned with hairy antennae and ribbed worms are just some of the new characters found to inhabit the dark abysses of the Southern Ocean, an alien abode once thought devoid of such life.

Recent expeditions have uncloaked this polar region, finding nearly 600 species of organisms never described before and challenging some assumptions that deep-sea biodiversity is depressed. The findings also suggest that all of Earth's marine life originated in Antarctic waters.

Scientists had assumed that the deep sea of the South Pole would follow similar trends in biodiversity documented for the Arctic. "There are less species in the Arctic than around the equator," said one of the scientists behind the study, Brigitte Ebbe, a taxonomist at the German Center for Marine Biodiversity Research. "People assumed that it would be the same if you went from the equator south, but it didn't prove to be true at all."

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Cool! If there is a topic about this already. My bad.

About two years ago, a nature programme was shown on TV in UK about this, some of the "fish" (for want of a better word lol) were extraordinary!  Teeth like needles and plenty of them to boot!

The programme was so damn interesting, I was sorry when it finished.

It certainly makes us wonder just what else in the way of certain species has not been discovered.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 11:40 AM

Thanks for that. I love that stuff! happy.gif

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