A latest finding of over 100 unidentified aquatic species all over Bermuda verifies the presence of a new zone in the ocean. The rare light (rariphotic) zone expands 400–1,000 Feet below the surface squeezed in between 2 out of 3 other areas verified by their different biological communities.
This major penetration was described during a 2-year profound ocean study, planned by Nekton (the U.K. charity for ocean exploration) and spearheaded by Oxford University’s marine study researchers. Most of their operation was aimed in the North Atlantic on the Bermuda Platform, where experts expected to verify changing chemical, biological, and physical conditions all over a range of ecosystems, comprising the Gulf Stream. And what they discovered was even superior.
A team of researchers from 15 separate marine research organizations discovered over 100 new species in addition to number of algae species. These species range from charismatic black wire coral to tiny tanaids. “Taking into account the fact that Bermuda waters have been moderately well researched for many years, we surely were not hoping for such a huge diversity and number of new species,” claimed Alex Rogers, Oxford professor and scientific director of the Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute, to the media in an interview.
Ever since the dawn of 2016, scientists worked to study almost 4,000 gallons of water samples and 40,000 species. “We have found minimum 13 new crustacean specimens comprising gnathiid isopods, tanaids, and leptostracans,” as per Nick Schizas, the Mission member at Mayaguez from the University of Puerto Rico.
Speaking of Oxford University, researchers of the university are amongst the group that is formed to measure “Marsquakes.” The Insight mission by NASA took off last week in California. Spearheaded by Tom Pike (Professor of Imperial College London) and Oxford’s Dr Neil Bowles and Dr Simon Calcutt, the Oxford team is accountable for assembling the sensor chips of spacecraft.