Marine Life Census Shows Oceans Were Once ConnectedOctober 5th, 2010 - 1:04 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
Oct 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The recent Marine Life Census has been completed after an international effort was launched to create it with maps, and three different books, which increased the sum of validated species which have been counted to 201,206.
The count has lasted for a decade, and shows that the oceans were once connected, as was suspected. Ten years ago, when the census started, it was not known how many different marine species there were in the oceans of the world.
Scientists everywhere had their own ideas of what those numbers should be, and arguments ensued. Some species were said to have been counted one or two times, according to Jesse Ausubel of the Alfred Sloan Foundation. He was the co-founder of the effort, which was made up of over 2700 scientists.
But they discovered more than just a sum of marine species. They also discovered that the same species of many of these creatures were found in areas all over the world, hundreds of miles away from each other. “We were really very, very surprised about that,” said discoverer Pedro Martinez Arbizu, “We think this species has a very broad distribution area.” he went on to say, We didn’t know so much about the deep sea. We believe now that the deep sea is more connected, also the different oceans, than we previously thought.”
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