The deep-sea ecosystem should officially be named one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. What do I mean? Well, consider that…
The deep sea is the largest habitat on the planet. Water deeper than 1000m covers a whopping 62% of the planet.
Life in the deep sea survives in ways far different than life elsewhere. Less than 1% of the sun’s rays reach to 150m depth. This means deep-sea life must migrate upwards for food, scavenge what falls below, or make energy in a completely different way.
The deep sea is far deeper than Everest is high. The Mariana Trench: 10,911m deep. Mount Everest: 8,848m high. That’s over a two kilometers of difference!
And finally, most readers probably already know that the denizens of the deep are pretty amazing to look at. Here’s a great video from National Geographic and the Census of Marine Life: