Scientists have, for the first time, recorded seasonal migrations of fish across the seafloor in deep-sea fish, revealing an important perception that will advance scientific understanding of the character of our planet.
The study—revealed today in the journal of Animal Ecology and led by Nova Southeastern College (NSU) and the University of Glasgow—analyzed over seven years of deep-sea photographic information from West Africa, linking seasonal patterns in floor-ocean privacy with noticed behavioral patterns of fishes at 1,500 meters.
The deep-sea—over 200-meters water depth—covers most of the world’s surface. Current advances in technology and computational power have hugely improved the ability to access and study deep-sea ecosystems; however, there are still many fundamental questions that scientists don’t have answers to.
This study now offers evidence of cycles of movement throughout the seafloor in deep-sea fish, with the study authors believing these actions could be happening in other locations internationally’s seafloor too.
This work was possible potential due to an international collaboration between industry, academia and authorities, involving more than 10 organizations throughout Angola, UK, and the US. It was done using the Deep-ocean Environmental Long-term Observatory System (DELOS).