Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 25th, 2007
The discovery of a new species reveals some interesting side facts.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the alleged “elephants’ graveyard,” a cryptic place where supposedly older elephants go to die.
Well, have you ever been told of the “whale fall”? According to MSNBC’s senior science editor Robin Lloyd, “Whale falls, the resting place of a dead whale, provide temporary but important nutrition boosts and habitats for deep-sea life. The flesh of the dead whale decomposes within weeks, but the bones can last anywhere from 60 to 100 years as bacteria break down the bones, releasing sulfur that aquatic creatures use to make energy.”
Now comes word that a new species has been discovered inside and on a whale fall.
Lloyd writes: “The anemone, called Anthosactis pearseae, is small, white and roughly cube-shaped. It’s about the size of a human molar and even looks like a tooth with small tentacles on one side.”
“These creatures were so cool simply because we knew that no sea anemone had ever been found on a whale fall,” Meg Daly, an anemone specialist at Ohio State University, said.
For more on this incredible find, click here on new anemone species.