These little neon creatures help our planet just by being alive
Amazing underwater photographs recently surfaced, exposing tiny little fluorescent sea creatures. The little animals come in different colors from bright orange to neon pink, and researches have found that the creatures may be able to help determine methane levels.
By merely being alive, the sea creatures could be able to determine how much of the potent greenhouse gas will make its way to the atmosphere, therefore contributing to climate change.
A scientist who went on the expedition and helped take pictures said:
See photos of the creatures below:
These recently discovered creatures are so vital because they live near methane seeps. Methane seeps are cracks in the ocean floor that naturally release methane. While these seeps are capable of forming anywhere along both continental margins and the floor of the sea, these creatures are bringing a new light to the global and climate issues that the gas creates.
Notably, the only thing that methane seeps need to function is organic matter, and that's what dead organisms provide. The matter releases methane as it decomposes.
Panieri also said, "We want to define and to calculate how much methane is consumed by these organisms to then determine how much methane can escape to the atmosphere."
The expedition team is investigating past emissions of methane and the effects it has had on ancient climate. Gaining a clearer understanding past methane concentrations could help researchers explain the cause of the actual methane releases.
See below for a gallery of more amazing sea creatures:
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