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Over 100 Species Found In Bermuda Ocean Zone

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In an expedition led by Oxford University and launched by Nekton, scientists have found over 100 species of marine animals in the ocean zone off the coast of Bermuda, according to mnn.com

Researchers were able to find the Rariphotic Zone, also known as the rare light zone, because of a subsea algal that is a forest on the summit of the Plantagenet Seamount. It houses multiple types of species, according to mnn.com.

The Rariphotic Zone is located in the top 3000 meters of the North Atlantic Ocean and is the fourth ocean zone, according to prnewswire.co.uk.

The species that have been found are multiple types of algae, crustaceans, and coral, according to azula.com.

“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,” stated Alex Rogers,Oxford professor and scientific director of the Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute in an article published by geek.com.

British Marine Researchers had been hoping to find changing biological, chemical, and physical parameters across ecosystems when they first entered Bermuda, according to geek.com. Scientists were hoping to find changing biological, chemical, and physical parameters across ecosystems because they wanted to evaluate the function, health, and the recovery of the deep ocean, according to globalsubdive.com.

Researchers from Nekton Research Institute believe that further expeditions should  take place to find out if there is any discovery left, according to pressreader.com.

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