A first: Marine scientists have discovered life in the depths of the sea under the North Pole

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For the first time, marine scientists have discovered a zone with living organisms in the ocean depths below the North Pole – thanks to a Swedish expedition.

The Arctic Ocean, the large marine ecosystem around the North Pole, has so far been a dark spot on the map of the world’s fish stocks, the Institute of Marine Research (HI) writes.

“No one has therefore known that there were fish stocks in the sea depths under the North Pole,” HI researcher Harald Gjøsæter noted.

Thanks to a Swedish expedition, more is now known. In 2016, the Swedish icebreaker Oden went on a large expedition, from Svalbard to Canada, across the North Pole.

A couple of years later, Gjøsæter spoke with Professor Pauline Snoeijs-Leijonmalm at Stockholm University, who was involved in the expedition. Harald Gjøsæter then received a hard drive full of acoustic data from the month-long expedition.

“It did not look very promising when I started looking at this. There was a lot of noise on the hard drive. But after a few days of searching, I found a small area that had less noise. To my great surprise, I saw something between the noise that was very reminiscent of fish down in the depths,” he said.

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