The deep ocean was always considered an inhospitable place where very little could survive. Now, researchers are finding that the place is teeming with life.
Scientists from Britain’s Natural History Museum have released a paper that describes 12 new species of marine worm and they suspect there are hundreds more waiting to be discovered.
This could have consequences for deep sea mining efforts to harvest the oceans for minerals like cobalt, copper, nickel and manganese. Some of these are key battery ingredients for growing industries like electric vehicles.
You can read more about the recent deep sea discoveries on the Natural History Museum’s website.