Scientists film Britain’s largest seamount
Underwater mountains teem with sea creatures and it’s a beautiful view under the sea. Scientists have now sent a robot almost 1,600 meters below sea to film Britain’s biggest seamount.
The robot took pictures of the seamount in the north Atlantic sea. The Hebrides Terrace Seamount is a subsea volcano which is believed to be taller than Ben Nevis. Marine biologists of the Heriot Watt university in Edinburgh claim that theirs is the first attempt at exploring the seamount.
It reaches up to 1,400 meters underwater and flora and fauna are flourishing on it at unexpected heights. The first visual survey by the scientists has unraveled some really interesting facts about the seamount.
To the surprise of all the scientists in the team, they found that coral colonies survive in the corroding sea water even though they are at a threat of living in acidic water as excessive amounts of carbon dioxide are being expelled into the atmosphere lately due to air pollution.
Coral reefs are usually weak and are sensitive to such changes in the environment and there’s little chance of them flourishing if not living in acidic waters. Professor J Roberts, lead author of the study said that more than 100 species of living organisms have been identified on the steep slopes of the mountain which surprisingly includes unexpected species.
“As well as the corals that form little reef patches, we saw things like black corals and bamboo corals,” he said. “These were some of the most exciting surveys we’ve ever carried out at sea.”
A diamond shaped fish named deepsea skates is also largely supported by the corals by acting as a protector of its eggs.
“We had spent almost a month at sea before we surveyed the Hebrides Terrace Seamount and it was so different from the other sites we examined”, he added.