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Watch: Arctic Deep – End of Mission Findings

The Arctic deep ocean is a fragile ecosystem, vital to understanding the impact of climate change; the region is now also threatened by deep-sea mining.

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“Every species that we find is part of the library of the ingenuity of nature and the innovations that nature has come up with to cope with the challenges of their environment, which can be very valuable for us. It can lead to new molecules that can be used for medical treatment, new insights for material science in the future. That is why deep-sea life matters and why we should continue to protect it for the future,”

explained Professor Jon Copley, University of Southampton, who participated in the expedition.

The Ocean Census Arctic Deep Expedition has documented extraordinary biodiversity living thousands of metres below the Arctic surface, in a region now threatened by ocean warming and deep seabed mining

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The Ocean Census Arctic Deep expedition has successfully concluded after a series of ground-breaking dives along The Svyatogor Ridge in the Greenland Sea.

Shrimps covered in hairy bacteria feasting on methane, stalked jellyfish resembling underwater flowers, armoured crustaceans, forests of tube worms, fish with antifreeze proteins in their blood, and animals living with bacteria that can turn toxic chemicals into energy are just a few of the hundreds of specimens collected by the expedition. These findings provide a glimpse into the diverse life in this highly specialised ecosystem.

Our mission is to accelerate our knowledge of marine biodiversity.

We must take action now or face extinctions in our ocean. You can help to raise awareness of the importance of marine life by sharing the film with friends and colleagues.

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