Diet Secrets of the Deep and Fathomous

Vimeo Link:  https://vimeo.com/263667299

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/6ClkWSA19Bg

Team Members:

Anela Choy, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Steven Haddock, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Bruce Robison, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Susan Von Thun, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Kyra Schlining, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Summary:

Recent research efforts by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have advanced our understanding of the feeding relationships within open ocean food webs by carefully detailing who eats whom. Gathering this type of information is a necessary step towards conservation of ocean species and ecosystems. Studying the diets of deep-sea animals is a formidable challenge. The scientists analyzed 27-years of video footage collected by deep-diving, remotely operated submersibles. Results reveal a food web that is far more complex than previously known, with a dynamic assemblage of jellies, squids, fishes, worms, and crustaceans feeding on one another in a variety of permutations, to sustain life in the deep sea.

Original Publication: 

Choy, C. Anela, Steven H. D. Haddock, Bruce H. Robison. 2017. Deep pelagic food web structure as revealed by in situ feeding observations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20172116

Link to Publication: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/284/1868/20172116

Support Provided by: NOAA-TNC Community Restoration Program; Florida Sea Grant

By the Numbers

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