JUN 09, 2016 02:46 PM PDT

8 Newly Discovered Inhabitants of the Deep Sea

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

The Earth is more water than land, which makes sense that we still have so much to uncover in the depths of our oceans. Today we accept that the dark seas are teeming with all sorts of strange and alien-like creatures, many of which are still waiting to be discovered. But this notion wasn't always so popular.

Many biologists in the 19th century believed that life underneath such cold, watery depths was simply not possible due to the lack of light and the extreme pressure. This idea was known as the Azoic theory, to mean "lifeless." It was championed by Edward Forbes, who thought that sea life ceased to exist at below 300 fathoms, which is about a third of a mile.

Of course, life exists much deeper than what Forbes originally thought. In fact, at 11,000 meters below sea level - one of the most seemingly inhospitable places on earth - sea life still finds a way. Watch the video to learn the creatures that inhabit these corners and their unique adaptations. Bonus: some creatures are so new to us that they don't even have proper scientific names yet!
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
You May Also Like
SEP 09, 2018
Space & Astronomy
SEP 09, 2018
The End of NASA's Dawn Mission is Rapidly Approaching
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft ventured away from Earth to study other bodies in the Solar System 11 years ago; that’s three years longer than anyone e...
SEP 12, 2018
Health & Medicine
SEP 12, 2018
Before You Tear the Moldy Portion of Your Bread Off and Call it Good... Watch This
While most people cringe at the thought of a moldy piece of bread lurking in their refrigerator, there exist bolder people who will gladly tear the moldy b...
SEP 15, 2018
Videos
SEP 15, 2018
Nature's Giant Genomes
We have around three billion base pairs in our genome. There are some organisms with far more....
SEP 16, 2018
Plants & Animals
SEP 16, 2018
If You Thought T. Rex Was Big, Then Watch This
Dinosaur-themed Hollywood movies have hyped up Tyrannosaurus Rex, making it seem like the king of all dinosaurs. But realistically, T. Rex was quite small...
OCT 08, 2018
Videos
OCT 08, 2018
Harvesting Ancient DNA Samples
The story of an ancient insect that found itself trapped in amber is not a new one, but does it work?...
OCT 16, 2018
Health & Medicine
OCT 16, 2018
The Science Behind Whacking Your 'Funny Bone'
If you’ve ever smacked your elbow in just the right way, then you might’ve felt a sensation comparable to pins and needles moving up your arm a...
Loading Comments...