The beauty and diversity of the Earth’s oceans have been revealed in all their glory.
A ten year long census of marine life has documented and photographed the often bizarre and wonderful creatures which live in our planet’s watery depths.
As many as 6,000 potentially new species have been identified but scientists think this is just the beginning. The aim of the research is to create a baseline on which to add information as aquatic life evolves.
Dr.Paul Snelgrove who took part in the census said:
“We think that there are probably about 250,000 known species in the oceans, but we think that there are probably about a million or more in total and that doesn’t include the microbes. And so clearly we’ve very much undersampled the diversity of the oceans and we have a lot more work to do.”
But it is not just a numbers game, participating scientists – and there are over 2,500 of them world wide – have been tracking migratory patterns and discovering DNA connections, adding vital information to the genetic blueprint of life on earth.