What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

TOWARDS the end of June, a unique joint expedition began in the waters near Indonesia. In an area of remarkable marine diversity known as the “Coral Triangle”, two vessels set sail: the American Okeanos Explorer and the Indonesian Baruna Jaya IV. Their destination was...
Indonesia expedition maps rich undersea life

Indonesia expedition maps rich undersea life

A joint Indonesian–U.S. expedition in the Sulawesi Sea mapped at least 25 different types of undersea habitats and may have discovered dozens of new species, scientists announced here December 13 at the American Geophysical Union meeting. Among the candidates for new...
Deep-sea images reveal colorful life off Indonesia

Deep-sea images reveal colorful life off Indonesia

Scientists using cutting-edge technology to explore waters off Indonesia were wowed by colorful and diverse images of marine life on the ocean floor _ including plate-sized sea spiders and flower-like sponges that appear to be carnivorous. They predicted Thursday that...
Oceanography: Death and rebirth in the deep

Oceanography: Death and rebirth in the deep

Richard Lutz, a marine biologist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and his colleagues were 2,500 metres beneath the ocean’s surface when they encountered the ‘blizzard’. It was April 1991, and an underwater ridge, 900 kilometres off...
Multicelled Animals May Live Oxygen-Free

Multicelled Animals May Live Oxygen-Free

The claim is startling and the evidence indirect, but marine biologists seem open to the idea that multicellular animals can live without oxygen. Three species of loriciferan, a creature that sounds and looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, appear to go their...