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Life on Antarctica? Life found in Antarctica. The accidental discovery of extreme life under the ice shelves of Antarctica raises many questions

 Life on Antarctica? Life found in Antarctica. The accidental discovery of extreme life under the ice shelves of Antarctica raises many questions.

This discovery goes against all the previous theories about what kind of life one can survive in such an extreme situation. (British Antarctic Survey)

Marine biologist and lead author of the study Dr. Hugh Griffiths stated that stable animals are like sponges and potentially many previously unknown species.

Researchers accidentally discovered extreme life under the Antarctic's ice shelves during exploratory surveys, a study recently published in the marine science journal Frontiers. 

At 260 km from the open sea, researchers noticed that a boulder-attached stationary animal existed on the seafloor as they plunged through the 900 meters of ice in the Filchner-Ronne ice shelf with their cameras.

Marine biologist and lead author of the study Drs. Hugh Griffiths stated that stationary animals are like sponges and potentially many previously unknown species. 

In a video shared by the British Antarctic Survey, Griffith said it was a surprising discovery, as he never expected animals to "filter their food from the water column that feeds from food or daylight To be found at this location. "

The biographer said in a separate statement, "This discovery is one of those fortunate accidents that pushes ideas in a different direction and shows us that Antarctic marine life is incredibly special and surprisingly well adapted to the frozen world . "

The first record of the substrate community deep beneath the ice shelf answers more questions than this because researchers don't know how they got there, what they're eating, or how long they've been. 

The Researchers are wondering whether these are the same species seen outside the ice shelf or are they new species. There are also some questions surrounding the existence of these species in the case of ice collapse.

This discovery goes against all the previous theories about what kind of life one can survive in such an extreme situation. 

The dependence on drilling and cameras meant that the area under the giant floating ice shelves is possibly one of the least known habitats on Earth, according to Griffiths. 

But meeting with these animals and their environment remains a challenge for polar scientists.

Griffiths also stated that “We do not know what species these animals belong to. We do not know how they are facing these extreme situations. And the way we are going to be able to answer those questions is to come up with a new way of investigating their world."





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