3/19/2013

The remains of a whale have been found about a mile below the ocean's surface near Antarctica, the first discovery of its kind in the area. Whale skeletons, or "whale falls," are extremely rare to find, and this one is part of an ecosystem that includes at least nine species of previously unknown sea creatures. "The planet's largest animals are also a part of the ecology of the very deep ocean, providing a rich habitat of food and shelter for deep sea animals for many years after their death," said researcher Diva Amon. "Examining the remains of this southern Minke whale gives insight into how nutrients are recycled in the ocean, which may be a globally important process in our oceans."

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