As if life under the sea wasn’t tough enough, there are some depths where no animal can survive.
Rare brine pools in the Red Sea are incredibly salty and devoid of oxygen.
According to experts, anyone who dares to wander around in the brine will be “instantly stunned or killed”.
But there are some winners.
Marine predators lurking nearby “feed on the unlucky ones,” University of Miami professor Sam Purkis told Live Science.
“At this great depth, there isn’t usually much life on the sea floor.
“However, the brine pools are a rich oasis of life.
“Thick carpets of microbes support a diverse array of animals.”
Deep sea brine pools are one of the most extreme environments on earth, developing deep on the ocean floor.
Scientists are fascinated by these salty underwater lakes, as they are believed to hold secrets about the formation of Earth’s oceans millions of years ago.
They could also provide clues to life on other planets.
Explorers made their discovery more than a mile below the sea surface – 1,770 meters – using a remote-controlled underwater vehicle.
“Until we understand the limitations of life on Earth, it will be difficult to determine whether alien planets can host life,” Purkis added.
“Our discovery of a rich community of microbes that survive in extreme environments can help probe the frontiers of life on Earth and can be applied to the search for life elsewhere in our solar system and beyond.”
The research is published in the journal Nature Communications.
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