Deep sea fish and how they can live there

From: Dagmar Fertl (dfertl@geo-marine.com)
Date: Wed Oct 27 2004 - 11:38:01 EDT

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    Question:

    Hi,

    I am a student from Stockholm, Sweden and im working on a little article
    about deep sea creatures. The main purpose about this work is to find out
    why these creatures have choosen to live in a such unpleasant environment,
    when there are so many other places on earth with better conditions for
    living? I would really appreciate an answer to this, or perhaps some
    directions to where i can find the answer.

    Best regards

    Robin Carlheim-Müller
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    Answer:

    Hi Robin,

    You ask an interesting question. Animals (and other organisms) have
    physiological and anatomical adaptations that allow them to live in a
    particular environment and exploit certain niches (the particular area
    within a habitat occupied by an organism). What is seemingly a hostile
    ecological niche often reveals intriguing physiological adaptations by an
    organism to be able to live in and utilize that niche. With so many species
    out there, and for them to be able to live in the same locales, it is often
    best (competition-wise) if they particular niche that is their own. In
    short, what might seem like a very harsh living environment to us as humans,
    is perfectly comfortable for another species, if it is specially adapted to
    live in that environment.

    Hope this helps.

    Dagmar Fertl



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