Deep Sea Bacteria May Have Slowest Metabolism On Earth

by Robert Cheney

in News, Sea Life

Some recently discovered bacteria in the Pacific Gyre may have the slowest metabolism of any creature on earth. Almost no nutrients reach the seafloor where these bacteria live. Nutrients just don’t make it to the seafloor without having been gobbled up by something else or dissolved altogether. So they basically survive on barely nothing and have been doing so for millions of years.

deep sea bacteria

Bo Barker Jorgensen/Science/AAAS Researcher Hans Roy opens a core sample taken from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. A core sample like this one contained bacteria that settled on the seafloor 86 million years ago.

Read more about these barely living bacteria here

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