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The discovery of a natural whale fall in the Antarctic deep sea

Abstract:

Large cetacean carcasses at the deep-sea floor, known as 'whale falls', provide a resource for generalist-scavenging species, chemosynthetic fauna related to those from hydrothermal vents and cold seeps, and remarkable bone-specialist species such as Osedax worms. Here we report the serendipitous discovery of a late-stage natural whale fall at a depth of 1444. m in the South Sandwich Arc. This discovery represents the first natural whale fall to be encountered in the Southern Ocean, where cet...

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10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.01.028

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Glover, AG More by this author
Wiklund, H More by this author
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Journal:
Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Volume:
92
Pages:
87-96
Publication date:
2013-08-05
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ISSN:
0967-0645
URN:
uuid:f6d0ee5d-8d33-4890-ad3b-d7f6d0513f62
Source identifiers:
420590
Local pid:
pubs:420590

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