Cressida Connolly: "deep-sea life

Grant Law grant.law at omsi.edu
Mon Sep 28 10:14:09 EST 1998


Ms. Connolly,

It looks like Mr. Littlefield has provided you with some good
information, but on the off chance you actually plan to use it on the
air, there is something I would like to add.

Apparently, there are some researchers who feel that the "flatfish"
observed by the crew of the Trieste, was actually a sea cucumber of the
family aspidochirotida.  Sounds far-fetched, but these guys are not your
average sea cucumbers.   They are roughly shaped like flatfish, having a
flattened, oval body, which might easily fool a stressed out sup-pilot
(can you imagine?).  Also adding to the confusion is the fact that some
aspidochirote holothurians are known to swim along the bottom by
undulatory movements along their body margins; flatfish swim with a
slightly different technique, but do cruise along the bottom in the same
sort of way.

Good luck with your research.

Grant Law


Cressida Connolly wrote in message <6ue708$dd at net.bio.net>...
>
>Hi,
>
>I'm a reporter for the science radio show Earth & Sky. We answer
>listener's questions on air, and we like to get information from people

>actually working in the field. I am researching one such question:
>"What lives at the deepest part of the Ocean." I know that the 
>Marianas Trench
>is the deepest part of the Ocean and that the Trieste visited depths
>approaching this in 1960. I have heard it said, but cannot confirm,
>that the Trieste photographed life at that depth.
>
>Can anyone tell me, in addition to bacterial life, what, if anything,
>lives at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.



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