Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Never-before-seen life spotted by Hawaiian deep-sea expedition

Sharks survive in the deep sea

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016

Eight dives into the deep waters of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument of north-west Hawaii have resulted in thousands of samples and images of never-before-seen life and landforms.
In general, the deeper you go in the ocean, the fewer living organisms you find. But during a 4000-metre-deep dive this month, shipboard scientists came across a large aggregation of corals and sponges.
“It was surprising to see a lot of life that deep. It was almost twice as deep as any other high density community in the region,” says Dan Wagner, the biology science lead for this year’s NOAA expedition, part of a three-year project to look at this region that began in 2015. This was the final dive of the expedition, and is only the third below 4000 metres in the region, he says....Read more>>
New Scientist

No comments:

Post a Comment