Researchers have discovered life covered under 3,000 feet of ice in Antarctica, testing the suspicion that nothing could live in such conditions. Researchers earlier thought Antarctica's cold temperatures and absence of light and food made it incomprehensible for living animals to flourish.
The animals were discovered joined to a stone in the icy oceans under the Filchner-Ronne ice rack. Specialists from the British Antarctic Survey penetrated through 2,860 feet of ice prior to making the revelation. "The region under these ice racks is likely one of the most un-known environments on Earth," said Huw Griffiths, one of the researchers who made the disclosure, in a Twitter video. "We didn't feel that these sorts of creatures, similar to sponges, would be found there."
The Filchner-Ronne ice rack is a huge floating ice sheet that loosens up from Antarctica. It traverses in excess of 579,000 square miles, yet little has been investigated under the ice. Huge ice sheets at times sever of ice retires and float away. In December, one of these ice sheets took steps to collide with a bleeding place for ocean lions and penguins.
The researchers say they didn't set out searching for life. They were penetrating through the ice sheet to gather samples from the ocean bottom. All things being equal, their camera hit a rock. At the point when they audited the camera's recording, it uncovered the disclosure. "Never ever would we have considered searching for this sort of life, since we didn't figure it would be there," Griffiths revealed to The Guardian.
The video uncovers two sorts of unidentified stationary creatures, appeared here in a video from the British Antarctic Survey. The creatures in red appear to have long stalks, while another sort of creature, featured in white, looks more like a round sponge like creature. These creatures were found around 160 miles from the open ocean.
"Our revelation brings up such countless a larger number of questions than it answers, for example, how could they arrive?" Griffith said in an official statement. "What are they eating? How long have they been there?"
The researchers said their following step was to comprehend whether the creatures were from a formerly obscure animal species. "To answer our inquiries, we should discover a method of getting very close with these creatures and their current circumstance," Griffiths said.
Life at research stations in Antarctica isn't simple, as Insider's Monica Humpfries detailed. They are far off to such an extent that the first case of COVID-19 on the mainland was just announced in December.