Zooplankton at deep Red Sea brine pools

Stein Kaartvedt, Andre Antunes, Anders Røstad, Thor Aleksander Klevjer, Hege Vestheim

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Abstract

The deep-sea anoxic brines of the Red Sea comprise unique, complex and extreme habitats. These environments are too harsh for metazoans, while the brine–seawater interface harbors dense microbial populations. We investigated the adjacent pelagic fauna at two brine pools using net tows, video records from a remotely operated vehicle and submerged echosounders. Waters just above the brine pool of Atlantis II Deep (2000 m depth) appeared depleted of macrofauna. In contrast, the fauna appeared to be enriched at the Kebrit Deep brine–seawater interface (1466 m).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)679-684
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Plankton Research
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2 2016

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