What’s happening in the Antarctic? Researchers are looking at seabed changes that result from global warming.
The researchers catalogued about 1,000 species in an area of the Antarctic seabed where warming temperatures are believed to have caused the collapse of overlying ice shelves, affecting the marine life below.
“This is virgin geography,” said expedition member Gauthier Chapelle. “If we don’t find out what this area is like now following the collapse of the ice shelf, and what species are there, we won’t have any basis to know in 20 years’ time what has changed and how global warming has altered the marine ecosystem.”
Here’s what’s cool: lots of photos of these creatures.
You’d think this photo of an exotic octopus would be my favorite:
But no…this image of sea cucumbers grazing across the Antarctic sea floor is wonderfully alien. I just want to zoom in and see what they’re doing.