Giant Amoebas

Wissenschaftler haben in der Tiefsee im Mariannengraben gigantische Amöben gefunden. Gigantisch ist hier natürlich relativ, die Viecher haben einen Umfang von rund 10 Zentimeter, aber man muss sich darüber klar sein: Wir reden hier über Einzeller! Whoa!

Gigantic amoebas have been found in the Mariana Trench, the deepest region on Earth.

During a July 2011 voyage to the Pacific Ocean chasm, researchers with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and National Geographic engineers deployed untethered landers, called dropcams, equipped with digital video and lights to explore the largely mysterious region of the deep sea.

The team documented the deepest known existence of xenophyophores, single-celled animals exclusively found in deep-sea environments. Xenophyophores are noteworthy for their size, with individual cells often exceeding 4 inches (10 centimeters), their extreme abundance on the seafloor and their role as hosts for a variety of organisms.

Giant Amoebas Discovered in Deepest Ocean Trench, mehr: Researchers Identify Mysterious Life Forms in the Extreme Deep Sea. Hier gibt's noch ein (relativ unspektakuläres) Video. (via /.)