posted on Jan, 8 2005 @ 11:51 PM
Actually thats a good question DontTread. I am only assuming, but with the recent amazing discovery, marine biologist and oceanographers will
definitely collect the species only to study them. Back to what i was assuming, is like any species of animal found in the world where it normally
doesnt it exist, it will adapt to its environment to survive. Most likely that is what happened to the coral and marine life down there. 90% of the
time when you dive a reef, when you get to 100ft or more, supposing there is a sea floor just a little further down, it looks like a desert wasteland
just under water.
But for coral and marine life to exist at that depth, something had to have eveolved somewhere. My take would be that they are along the same
species, but most likely larger than their ancestors so that they can adapt, cause small marine life like clown fish, would just smash at pressure
that deep. And from the looks of it, this isnt something that just happened in the last 10-20yrs, more like it been evolving thru decades in order
for life to be stable down there.
I am not a marine biologist, but just from a physics aspect and what I do know from marine life, its an extraordinary find and can open a whole new
door in survival of marine life in the deep.