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Researchers from Marine Scotland have uncovered unusual bacteria, coral and anemones on the seabed. The unusual ecosystem is thought to have occurred because of a process of ‘cold seap’ where gas from deep in the earth, leaks onto the seabed creating an environment capable of supporting rare species
The area was first identified in 2012 when scientists spotted previously unknown creatures brought up from the seabed, and has now been confirmed following an expedition by a survey team onboard the Marine Scotland research vessel Scotia.
These types of marine ecosystem were only discovered in the 1980s, and the one off the coast of Scotland is the first to be found in this area of the North Atlantic, with the nearest other examples being off the coast of Norway and in the Gulf of Cadiz, Spain.
Efforts will now be made to analyse the samples that have been taken and to establish what types of creatures make their home there.
The original article ‘Scientists find ‘lost world’ on the Scottish seabed’ by Jody Harrison is available here: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13801298.Scientists_find__lost_world__on_the_Scottish_seabed/