Life on the sea floor

Andvord Bay, Antarctica - fjord hotspot of seafloor marine life. Credit: Craig Smith, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Story - December 10, 2013

Rapid climate change is threatening marine communities, but scientists have found that marine life is flourishing in Antarctic fjords despite warming in the region. Deep inside the subpolar fjords of Antarctica, researchers have uncovered an...
Backbone of whale skeleton on seafloor. Image courtesy of NERC

Story - March 18, 2013

Marine biologists have, for the first time, found a whale skeleton on the ocean floor near Antarctica, giving new insights into life in the sea depths. The discovery was made almost a mile below the surface in an undersea crater and includes the...
Shimmering hydrothermal fluid and relict chimney at Hook Ridge

Story - February 6, 2013

The location of an underwater volcanic vent, marked by a low-lying plume of shimmering water, has been revealed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Writing in the journal PLOS ONE the researchers describe how the vent,...

Page - July 4, 2011

The oceans of the world are a vast, alien landscape, covering more than half the Earth's surface. It is the last great frontier on our planet and the SERPENT project is exploring this exciting undersea environment in a unique and...

Page - July 4, 2011

Life at the bottom of the sea is generally termed the benthos. The word benthos comes from the Greek word for ‘depths of the sea’ (βένθος). About 71% of the planet is covered by ocean and the benthos is highly diverse in both habitat...

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