Census of Marine Life Explorers Find Hundreds of Identical Species Thrive in Both Arctic and Antarctic
Census of Marine Life Release
15 February 2009
Researchers in North and South startled to find Polar oceans share 235 species; Changes in species distribution documented as warmer oceans spur migration; United by high-speed current, Antarctic benthos revealed as single bioregion; Smaller species replacing larger ones in some Arctic waters. Polar Year results are milestones towards historic first global oceans Census: October 2010. Earth’s unique, forbidding ice oceans of the Arctic and Antarctic have revealed a trove of secrets to Census of Marine Life explorers, who were especially surprised to find at least 235 species live in both polar seas despite an 11,000 kilometer distance in between.