posted on Apr, 19 2010 @ 09:16 AM
I found this article about undersea microbes. It's always amazing to me to see what can be found in the sea:
The ocean depths are home to myriad species of microbes, mostly hard to see but including spaghetti-like bacteria that form mats the size of
Greece on the floor of the Pacific.
The survey, part of a 10-year Census of Marine Life, turned up hosts of unknown microbes - some of them looking like extras in a science fiction movie
and underpinning all life in the seas.
'In no other realm of ocean life has the magnitude of Census discovery been as extensive as in the world of microbes,'said Mitch Sogin of the Marine
Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, head of the marine microbe census.
"Flower-like: The acantharians are one of the four types of large amoebae that occur in marine open waters. Their fragile skeletons are made of a
single crystal of strontium sulfate that quickly dissolves in the ocean water after the cell dies" D. Mail:
"Into the unknown: A larval tube-anemone fishes for food with the tentacles it will use as an adult" D. Mail:
Couldn't resist this little guy.
"A soft curled-tail on a decapod larva indicates it is turning into a young hermit crab" D. Mail:
Here's a more in-depth article:
Thought I'd better include what a nonillion is:
US - 1 followed by 30 zeroes
UK - 1 followed by 54 zeroes
Well, I'm glad i didn't have to count them. I won't be querying the number they found either
[edit on 19-4-2010 by berenike]