Climate Change Can Even Muck Up Deepest Sea Creatures

Ocean life in the dark still relies on sunlight
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2007 3:27 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Scientists have discovered that even the bizarre creatures that live on chemical ooze in the blackest, deepest parts of the ocean aren't safe from environmental disasters. It turns out that larvae of tiny deep-sea shrimp live on microscopic plants that rely on sunlight and filter down from the surface.

The shrimp time their breeding so that their eggs hatch when the plants bloom. "The marine ecosystem may be even more interconnected than we previously realized, and in fact there may be nowhere for life to hide from global catastrophes," said the lead researcher.