Oxford scientists discover 'Rare Light Zone' near Bermuda with 100 New Marine Species

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 09 May 2018, 11:11 PM
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A latest survey shows a new ocean area called the Rare Light Zone with over 100 new marine species, giving new details into a new area off the Bermuda coastline.

The Rare Light Zone is around 130 meters to 300 meters in dimension, and is a hotbed for marine life near the Bermuda coast. It features various flora and fauna along the axis at various levels. The zone is divided into Altiphotic, Mesophotic, Rariphotic and Bathyal Zones with each of them having their own ecosystems.

“If life in the shallower regions of the deep sea is so poorly documented it undermines confidence in our existing understanding of how the patterns of life change with depth,” said Alex Rogers, Scientific Director of the Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute and Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Oxford.

The latest discovery may change the standard study of life forms, and might be the beginning of an extended research project that shows the diversity of the area and reveals many more things about ocean life.

“Considering the Bermuda waters have been comparatively well studied for many decades, we certainly weren’t expecting such a large number and diversity of new species…These discoveries are evidence of how little we know and how important it is to document this unknown frontier to ensure that its future is protected,” added professor Rogers.

“As a future-focused, innovative insurance and reinsurance company, we at XL Catlin believe that preparing for emerging and unknown risks is imperative,” read a statement by Government of Bermuda, CEO of XL Bermuda Ltd/Insurance Patrick Tannock.

While the new discovery of Rare Light Zone may just begin to scratch the surface of the richness that this oceanic area offer and may be a new beginning of advancement of marine science study.

First Published: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 10:20 PM
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