Rare Glimpse Into Antarctica's Colourful World Under the Ice

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 2017Updated: January 14, 20173 views
Published: January 13, 2017Updated: January 14, 2017

Antarctica’s coastal marine life is usually associated with penguins, seals and whales, however a video released by the Australian Antarctic Division has shown there is a colourful world under the sea ice.

An underwater robot has captured rare video, revealing a thriving ecosystem full of starfish, sponges, algae and worms.

The video was recorded on a camera under the sea ice at O’Brien Bay, near Casey research station in East Antarctica.

Australian Antarctic Division Biologist, Dr Glenn Johnstone, said, “This footage reveals a habitat that is productive, colourful, dynamic and full of a wide variety of biodiversity, including sponges, sea spiders, urchins, sea cucumbers and sea stars."

The video was captured while scientists retrieved a data logger, which had been recording the acidity, oxygen, salinity and temperature of the seawater on an hourly basis since November last year.

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