Deep-Sea Alien Abode Discovered
"The Antarctic deep sea is potentially the cradle of life of the global marine species."
- Angelika Brandt, study lead author
Southern Ocean, Off Antarctica - Carnivorous sponges, blind creepy-crawlies adorned with hairy antennae and ribbed worms are just some of the new characters recently 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 organisms never described before and challenging some assumptions that deep-sea biodiversity is depressed.