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.
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.
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