The First “Comprehensive Inventory” of Life in Antarctica

December 5, 2008 / No Comments

A research team from British Antarctic Survey and the University of Hamburg have completed the first “comprehensive inventory” of marine life and land species in Antarctica.

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While the rest of the world is worried about a recession, the critters on the seabed are teaming. The group’s inventory includes over 1,200 marine and land species. Most of the creatures live on the deep seabed.

Let’s see, deep down in the sea where it’s cold as all cold can be and still we won’t leave them alone … for the sake of counting them, creating a list of what it is we don’t want to bother for fear we’ll cause them to go extinct.

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So, here’s the question – How can humankind and creature kind interact without harming one another? I’m happy for the images, but what harm came to them while the list was being made? Who’s going down deep next?

More questions than answers.

Images via XinHuaNet