Monday, October 1, 2007

"You tend to get the feeling that you are somewhere else!"

Vast underwater forests have been discovered under kelp beds in the ocean!

These unique eco-systems in southern waters seem to have been unknown or ignored by marine scientists. Now we hear that a team of American marine biologists have located a virtual undersea forest underneath floating kelp beds near the Galapagos Islands, off of the coast of Ecuador.

Turtles, fish, iguanas, gigantic sunfish, and sharks were found taking refuge in the calm of the kelp forest.

As one scientist commented that this is the sort of discovery that leads to textbooks needing to be rewritten.

It is well worth listening to the entire report as it was broadcast on NPR.

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