Gallery: Marine Census Finds the Beautiful Wee Beasties of the Deep Sea

By Andrew Moseman | April 19, 2010 4:58 pm
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This is but a section of an enormous “mat” of microbes found on the seafloor. The mat, researchers say, extends to cover an area the size of Greece. Spotted off Chile and Peru by a team led by marine biologist Dr Victor Ariel Gallardo, the mats are made of filamentous bacteria that are 2 to 7 centimetres long and big enough to be seen by the naked eye. The “Goliath” bacteria live in a part of the ocean that has very little oxygen, relying on hydrogen sulphide instead [Australian Broadcasting Corporation].

Image: David Patterson et. al.

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  • http://clubneko.net nick

    Wee beasties ? Gettin scottish up in here.

  • Brian Too

    Aye, scottish. If it’s nae scottish, it’s CRAP!!

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