This section provides images and background on the groups of organisms that call the seafloor their home. It is intended to be primarily visual, and provide brief detail, natural history, and known distribution of species.
Life at the seafloor is called 'benthos'. The seafloor animals ('zoobenthos') occur at all water depths, while the plant life ('phytobenthos') is restricted to shallower coastal regions, where sufficient light facilitates phytosynthesis. The Arctic Ocean CoML initiative focuses on the zoobenthos in the Arctic regions.
Page Author: Bodil Bluhm
Created: January 4, 2008
Updated: January 20, 2011