Saturday, October 9, 2010

Census of Marine Life Completed (Videos) *10-year effort discovers what lives in the sea*


The flamingo tongue snail, Cyphoma gibbosum, from the British West Indies, is one of thousands of new species uncovered as part of the first Census of Marine Life

Census of Marine Life Completed

An extraordinary 10-year international effort to document the world's marine life has been completed. The results will serve as a "global baseline" for assessing the state of the ocean's species over the decades to come. What is the Census of Marine Life? "The Census of Marine Life is a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the global ocean."

Two videos are below, the first is an MSNBC news report and the second is a Census of Marine Life underwater video with background music definitely worth watching.

(MSNBC Today Show) Scientists wrapped up their first global census of sea life today, documenting an underwater world that turns out to be livelier and more connected than they thought it would be when they began the project 10 years ago.

(Census of Marine Life: Life Below the Waves) Beautifully shot footage of a variety of marine life.

About the Census: A Decade of Discovery 2,700 scientists, 80+ nations, 540 expeditions, US$ 650 million, 2,600+ scientific publications, 6,000+ potential new species, 28 million distribution records and counting. These numbers only begin to describe the scope of the Census of Marine Life, a 10-year international effort undertaken in to assess the diversity (how many different kinds), distribution (where they live), and abundance (how many) of marine life—a task never before attempted on this scale. The Census stimulated the discipline of marine science by tackling these issues globally, and engaging some 2,700 scientists from around the globe, who participated in 540 expeditions and countless hours of land-based research. The scientific results were reported on October 4, 2010.

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