|A Galapagos giant tortoise.||Deep
Water Fauna of the Galápagos Archipelago - Implications for Deep-Water
Waller, Shank, Fornari, Kurz and Pomponi
In 2000 and 2001 scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution visited the deep-waters surrounding the islands on geological expeditions. The main focus of this work was to collect basalt from various submerged lava flows for geochemical analysis. Any fauna that was recovered was catalogued and preserved. These four cruises present the first insights on the deep water fauna of the Galápagos archipelago. The results show there to be a diverse fauna surrounding the islands, with many species yet unidentified and so there is a high potential for deep water endemic species. Read more...