Steven McPherson, 2012-2013, Wavelengths (detail): Unaltered Marine Plastic Debris objects found on the UK coast, 1994-2013. Pollution affecting marine life within the Pelagic Zone consists primarily of plastic debris in both shallow and deep waters. "This work has been split into 5 segments that denote the main oceans, and the distribution and colours of the plastic debris describe the size and depth of each of the pelagic zones of these oceans." Caption at link
Way out into the blue, right where you lose all sight of land — and feel overwhelmed, as if devoured by the sea — you will find the beautiful creatures of the open ocean, who live in the ‘pelagic’ zone. Today, we are fighting to protect them.
Sea angels are a funny name for a sea slug, but in this case it's right on point. They dwell in the pelagic zone, so in the middle layer of the ocean, and is an opisthobranch, meaning its gills are behind it and help propel it through water. These gastropods have relinquished their shells and grown a free-moving tail-like appendage, both of which assist it in autonomous motion.
Benthic and pelagic zones refer to the different regions within a body of water. In this Buzzle article, we shall study the important aspects of both these regions, and make a comparison between their attributes.
This beautiful colonial organism drifted past Hercules' cameras, and we followed it for as long as we could keep track. They are made up of many smaller animals called zooids, and can be found floating around the pelagic zone in ocean basins around the world. One famous siphonophore species is the deadly Portugese Man O' War. Related Content: