Navigation Links
Antarctica's first whale skeleton found with 9 new deep-sea species
Date:3/18/2013

an floor, scavengers quickly strip its flesh. Over time, other organisms then colonise the skeleton and gradually use up its remaining nutrients. Bacteria break down the fats stored in whale bones, for example, and in turn provide food for other marine life. Other animals commonly known as zombie worms can also digest whale bone.

"One of the great remaining mysteries of deep ocean biology is how these tiny invertebrates can spread between the isolated habitats these whale carcasses provide on the seafloor," says co-author Dr Adrian Glover at the Natural History Museum. 'Our discovery fills important gaps in this knowledge.'

The team surveyed the whale skeleton using high-definition cameras to examine the deep-sea animals living on the bones and collected samples to analyse ashore. Researchers think that the skeleton may have been on the seafloor for several decades. Samples also revealed several new species of deep-sea creatures thriving on the whale's remains, including a 'bone-eating zombie worm' known as Osedax burrowing into the bones and a new species of isopod crustacean, similar to woodlice, crawling over the skeleton. There were also limpets identical to those living at nearby deep-sea volcanic vents.


'/>"/>

Contact: Catherine Beswick
catherine.beswick@noc.ac.uk
44-238-059-8490
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (UK)
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Kessler Foundation implements Ekso Bionics first commercial robotic exoskeleton
2. Research reveals first evidence of hunting by prehistoric Ohioans
3. First model of how buds grow into leaves
4. American College of Rheumatology releases first classification criteria for polymyalagia rheumatica
5. Ottawa researchers to lead world-first clinical trial of stem cell therapy for septic shock
6. First complete full genetic map of promising energy crop
7. FirstMark Announces New Hire Jay Houtman as Southeast Regional Sales Manager
8. FirstMark Exhibiting at the Inaugural Atlanta Clinical Cardiology Update
9. New technology tracks sparrow migration for first time from California to Alaska
10. First mass extinction linked to marine anoxia
11. Scientists complete first-ever emperor penguin count from space
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Antarctica's first whale skeleton found with 9 new deep-sea species
(Date:7/31/2014)... production from shale rock has increased by more ... do not fully understand the industry,s effects on ... the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the ... vastly outpace scientific examination, a team of eight ... Princeton University, concluded that determining the environmental impact ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... A first-of-its-kind study of bigeye tuna movements in ... of the Large Pelagics Research Center at the University ... fish cover a wide geographical range with pronounced north-south ... they favor a high-use area off Cape Hatteras southwest ... used a new approach to study one of the ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... genes to the earliest common ancestor of butterflies ... an extensive "Tree of Lepidoptera" in the first ... , Among the study,s more surprising findings: Butterflies ... to large ones, which completely changes scientists, understanding ... that some insects once classified as moths are ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):'Fracking' in the dark: Biological fallout of shale-gas production still largely unknown 2'Fracking' in the dark: Biological fallout of shale-gas production still largely unknown 3Study of bigeye tuna in Northwest Atlantic uses new tracking methods 2Study of bigeye tuna in Northwest Atlantic uses new tracking methods 3UF study advances 'DNA revolution,' tells butterflies' evolutionary history 2UF study advances 'DNA revolution,' tells butterflies' evolutionary history 3
... Without aggressive action to reduce soot emissions, the time ... be significantly accelerated in order to achieve international climate ... December,s Copenhagen Accord, according to " Assessing the climatic ... online June 21 in the Proceedings of the National ...
... product is organic, it,s also environmentally friendly. ... organic pesticides can have a higher environmental impact ... require larger doses. Environmental sciences professor Rebecca ... effectiveness and environmental impact of organic pesticides to ...
... freshwater fishes has created a great home for parasites, according ... . The study provides a lens into the evolutionary world ... probably has the best studied freshwater fish parasites in the ... more species of flukes in a few fishes from the ...
Cached Biology News:Aggressive action to reduce soot emissions needed to meet climate change goals 2Aggressive action to reduce soot emissions needed to meet climate change goals 3Organic pesticides not always 'greener' choice, study finds 2Adaptation is (not) in the eye of the beholder 2
(Date:7/31/2014)... 31, 2014 Food and natural ... searching for food alternatives that offer variety, as ... food ingredient market has numerous players operating in ... Vital Force Technology (VFT). VFT is a ... energetic patterns, all tested to produce stable, effective ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... good reason people over 60 are not donor candidates ... weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening ... research team now has discovered a reason why. , ... inability of blood-forming cells to maintain blood production over ... defects that could be restored for rejuvenation therapies," said ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington ... in bricks-and-mortar fashion, a development with potential value ... as field-effect transistors and photovoltaic cells. , Their ... 3D Crystalline Solids and 2D Self-Assembled Crystals," has ... a journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... Graphite Metallizing Corporation announces GRAPHALLOY® ... These bearings are uniquely suited to prevent loss of ... of the high temperatures . , Recently, a ... design engineers at Graphite Metallizing to overcome problems with ... manufacturing operation, pans containing blocks of powder mixture are ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Functional Ingredient Manufacturer – Vital Force Technology Infuses Raw Materials & Ingredients with Subtle Energy Formula 2Key to aging immune system is discovered 2Chemists demonstrate 'bricks-and-mortar' assembly of new molecular structures 2Chemists demonstrate 'bricks-and-mortar' assembly of new molecular structures 3Graphite Metallizing Announces Bearings for High Temperature Oven Applications 2Graphite Metallizing Announces Bearings for High Temperature Oven Applications 3
... a private,biotechnology company and leading developer of clean ... Singapore,Pte. Ltd. (CLS). CLS is the company,s first ... the company,s research and development operations in the,U.S. ... business in,both the innovator and generics markets. ...
... Inc. (Amex: PLX ), announced today the pricing ... common stock at a,public offering price of $5.00 per ... underwriters to purchase up to 1,500,000 additional shares of,common ... Bank is acting as sole book-running manager for this,offering. ...
... Inc. (Nasdaq: HGSI ) today announced that it ... for the quarter ended,September 30, 2007. These results are ... (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010612/HGSLOGO ) The conference call will ... Thursday, November 1, 2007, at 11:00 am Eastern Time. ...
Cached Biology Technology:Codexis Opens Singapore Laboratory 2Protalix BioTherapeutics Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock 2Human Genome Sciences To Sponsor Conference Call To Discuss Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results 2
Quantibody Human Angiogenesis Array 1 (1 slide) Class: Quantitative Antibody Arrays Product Group: Antibody Array...
Vertical Rack (five box vapor phase rack), includes 2.0" (5.1cm) boxes...
... The 1-D PAGE Cleavable ... for Targeted Protein ID ... PolyAcrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (PAGE), ... and cleavable-linker technology to ...
Conjugate Quality Control Evaluation Specificity: Conjugate Quality Control Evaluation ...
Biology Products: