Life found beneath Antarctic ice sheet 'shouldn't be there'

Biologists say the inadvertent discovery of sea life on a boulder underneath an Antarctic ice shelf and hundreds of kilometres challenges our understanding of how far organisms can live from sunlight.
A British Antarctic Survey team drilled through the 900-metre-thick Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf and dropped a camera down the hole in search of mud on the seabed. To their surprise, the camera revealed a boulder ringed by animals. Video footage appear to show 16 sponges, accompanied by 22 unidentified animals which could include barnacles. It is the first time such immobile life has been found beneath an Antarctic ice sheet. “There’s all sorts of reasons they shouldn’t be there,” says Huw Griffiths at the British Antarctic Survey, who analysed the footage.
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  1. Bonesaw

    BonesawPrije 10 sati

    This is a clickbait right?

  2. Pedro Aliu

    Pedro AliuPrije 3 dana

    Ancient organisms and virus trapped for millions of years. Such a good time to set them free.

  3. Exauce Mayunga

    Exauce MayungaPrije 5 dana

    How do they know its alive?

  4. Elpidio Espinoza

    Elpidio EspinozaPrije 5 dana

    That rock looks out of place.🤔Comet.🤔

  5. Speedy Goblin Shark

    Speedy Goblin SharkPrije 5 dana

    in my opinion life started in the deep sea and worked it's way up

  6. 너프먹고 퇴물된 송하나

    너프먹고 퇴물된 송하나Prije 5 dana

    남극의 신비..... 신종 생물이 인간세계를 위협할지도 모르고 무섭다

  7. Dead Cool

    Dead CoolPrije 5 dana

    Sponge bob i mean...

  8. Pietro Cantuccini

    Pietro CantucciniPrije 7 dana

    Thanks for the subtitles, as I couldn't hear much of the commentatoress due to the bleeding loud soundtrack!

  9. Dejuan Martin

    Dejuan MartinPrije 7 dana

    Couldn't see anything but ok cool

  10. michelle mead

    michelle meadPrije 7 dana

    Why say it shouldnt be there. Just because it beyond understanding as we know it. Its there cause it should be. Im sure theres way more that we dont know.

  11. 周靖

    周靖Prije 7 dana

    put it back, seal it back!

  12. Jay C

    Jay CPrije 8 dana

    Sweet! How long till we manage to destroy this habitat now that we’ve found it?


    SIDDHARTH SONALPrije 8 dana

    😂😂 they accidentally destroyed their half of population 😂😂😂


    HELLIONPrije 8 dana

    So the video clip duration is only 0.51 secs... come on..! You can do better than that..!!

  15. Vinita Sehgal

    Vinita SehgalPrije 8 dana

    Life is everywhere...

  16. PrehistoricCraft & Fakemon Forever

    PrehistoricCraft & Fakemon ForeverPrije 8 dana

    Darwin: That my bois B)

  17. Anime Initiative

    Anime InitiativePrije 8 dana

    Just dont wake up the Godzilla ..

  18. Namish Shaikh

    Namish ShaikhPrije 8 dana


  19. Omar majestic

    Omar majesticPrije 8 dana

    The thing !!!

  20. Raymond Cruz

    Raymond CruzPrije 8 dana

    how can it be liquid water underneath 900 meters of ice no sun no daylight i dont understand

  21. Tommy Lopez

    Tommy LopezPrije 9 dana

    Scary .

  22. Nina Lehman

    Nina LehmanPrije 9 dana

    If there are filter feeders, then there are microbes to eat, too. Did they bring up a water sample?

  23. FishHeadSalad

    FishHeadSaladPrije 9 dana

    I think Dr. Ian Malcolm put it best when he said "life finds a way".

  24. Alen Vidović

    Alen VidovićPrije 9 dana

    Was someone expecting something fucking big and slow to appear? Or a big eye open from the sand

  25. Thetruth inyafaceboi

    Thetruth inyafaceboiPrije 9 dana

    First thing that came out my mind is" Richard E. Byrd" The high jump operation


    MRJ GAMERPrije 9 dana

    Another proof for the famous quote from Jurassic Park "Life finds a way".

  27. Illuminated sphere

    Illuminated spherePrije 9 dana

    Looks like it’s growing off whale 🐋 poo 💩

  28. Jake Craig

    Jake CraigPrije 9 dana

    Saw this on the news came straight here

  29. KillerQueen

    KillerQueenPrije 9 dana

    reminds me of the humonculos video. by planet nibru or that one russian guy

  30. flamencoprof

    flamencoprofPrije 9 dana

    I liked the boulder; rounded like in a river, in the ocean. Glacial erratic is my guess. Who knows what life it brought down there when it sank?

  31. Laszlo Szabo

    Laszlo SzaboPrije 9 dana

    The Thing

  32. Vladimir Putin

    Vladimir PutinPrije 9 dana

    aww man I wanna see some crazy new animal, not something that's usually on our plates

  33. Ankit Gambhir

    Ankit GambhirPrije 9 dana

    May be alien 👽 spices

  34. muel0017

    muel0017Prije 9 dana

    “Life...uh..finds a way.”

  35. Barry Ram

    Barry RamPrije 9 dana

    This video needs to be a lot shorter, with much louder music, way more massive embedded subtitles, and more adds plastered all over. Great discovery, but a solid thumbs down for the video

  36. Daniel Frederikson

    Daniel FrederiksonPrije 9 dana

    how do i get rid of the writing?

  37. Pranav Patil

    Pranav PatilPrije 9 dana

    Remove the video suggestions from the bottom right at the end of the video, it’s blocking the content..

  38. holly clown

    holly clownPrije 10 dana

    Scientists: this shouldn’t be here! Life: *flips the bird*

  39. Mr.sunflower

    Mr.sunflowerPrije 8 dana


  40. The Green Phantom

    The Green PhantomPrije 10 dana

    It makes you wonder what else could be found with more exploration.

  41. Steven

    StevenPrije 7 dana

    Deez nuts

  42. Cyber Batman

    Cyber BatmanPrije 7 dana

    I giant double headed dildo with wings

  43. Point And Click

    Point And ClickPrije 10 dana

    This video is awesome.

  44. Naughtystimpy

    NaughtystimpyPrije 10 dana

    I couldn't see the video - very irritating. Also why have you made the subtitles permanent and part of the video!? I couldn't get rid of the subtitles

  45. LivingTwice

    LivingTwicePrije 10 dana

    how is there snow on the ground underwater?

  46. Nina Lehman

    Nina LehmanPrije 9 dana

    What is referred to as “snow” is actually very fine particulates which sit on the bottom until some scientists come along with a camera and cause the water current to stir things up.

  47. Jannis

    JannisPrije 10 dana

    >Life found beneath Antarctic ice sheet... Second Impact incoming I guess...

  48. tchekof o'

    tchekof o'Prije 8 dana

    oh god oh fuck

  49. Top Lobster

    Top LobsterPrije 10 dana

    This may say quite a bit about the likelihood of finding life on Europa.

  50. Exauce Mayunga

    Exauce MayungaPrije 5 dana

    Europa's ice is not the same as Earth's

  51. ZoNeS Productions

    ZoNeS ProductionsPrije 9 dana

    I was about to type the same thing! I'm really looking forward to when that mission goes ahead.

  52. Yvonne Renèe

    Yvonne RenèePrije 10 dana

    🥱 do better

  53. Angel Morales Alvarez

    Angel Morales AlvarezPrije 10 dana

    is there any more footage of this?

  54. Marcus G

    Marcus GPrije 10 dana

    Me to

  55. Angel Morales Alvarez

    Angel Morales AlvarezPrije 10 dana

    I'm interested

  56. Hanna B.C.G

    Hanna B.C.GPrije 10 dana

    They found Spongebob!!!!

  57. Mario

    MarioPrije 10 dana

    sponges and some golden teachers.

  58. Green Is Not A Creative Colour

    Green Is Not A Creative ColourPrije 10 dana

    1. Thanks for finally narrating these videos! 2. Nobody should ever be surprised at where life turns up, especially not on Earth.

  59. Feather

    FeatherPrije 10 dana

    They're the oldest animals too.

  60. The Truth Is Out 777

    The Truth Is Out 777Prije 10 dana

    Terrible existence

  61. Mark Cliffe

    Mark CliffePrije 10 dana

    It's resilience like this that convinces me that when humanity eventually destroys itself in nuclear winter, some will still carry on, repopulate, and there will be more resilience and prosperity until we do it again, repeat, repeat, repeat...

  62. StYxXx

    StYxXxPrije 10 dana

    Music louder than the voice and the important part of the clip was way too short to see anything :/

  63. ThrummerOfLove

    ThrummerOfLovePrije 10 dana

    I'd be a little careful about poking around down there; you may not like what you find.

  64. Cherry [L]

    Cherry [L]Prije 3 dana

    @Renata loving life What do you think “should be left alone”

  65. Cherry [L]

    Cherry [L]Prije 3 dana

    @Renata loving life No lol

  66. Renata loving life

    Renata loving lifePrije 3 dana

    I was thinking the same thing! They don’t even know what they could be releasing into the sea! It’s down there for a reason! Certain things should be left alone

  67. Cherry [L]

    Cherry [L]Prije 4 dana

    @ThrummerOfLove Interesting things, I don’t care how vile or scary it is. I want to know, I want to see and learn. That is a core part of being human.

  68. Inkoolah

    InkoolahPrije 9 dana

    @ThrummerOfLove I agree with you too

  69. Kooka Munga

    Kooka MungaPrije 10 dana

    The question is How did Noah drill a hole in the ice then find two of these creatures and finally put them in his Ark untill the flood was over ?

  70. Vladimir Putin

    Vladimir PutinPrije 9 dana

    @Egors Deimos logical man

  71. Lilien Calvel

    Lilien CalvelPrije 9 dana

    @Egors Deimos So true

  72. Egors Deimos

    Egors DeimosPrije 9 dana

    Well if they could survive in water, why the fuck would he put them on a boat? They are already fine

  73. Gary Bonie

    Gary BoniePrije 10 dana

    It was a team of geologists, not biologists, that made the discovery. They then consulted with an off-site biologist.

  74. A P

    A PPrije 10 dana

    Every time we find out that life is more “diverse and adaptive” than expected it sucks cause like.... where all the other life at in the universe

  75. Whirled Publishing

    Whirled PublishingPrije 10 dana

    This "life" isn't all that "adaptive" - the problem is that the Antarctic sea waters are so unusually warm that creatures are coming in off the adjacent sea currents and deciding to stay.

  76. Jim mij

    Jim mijPrije 10 dana

    Presume these life forms need something to feed on to grow and procreate, does that suggest there is more life down there then what the video suggests.

  77. Whirled Publishing

    Whirled PublishingPrije 10 dana

    @Chris Palmer "Life found beneath Antarctic ice sheet 'shouldn't be there' - the sea creatures are there now because over the past several years, volcanic heat has been warming up the sea waters which rapidly melts the ice shelves - the unusually warm sea waters also attracts creatures from passing sea currents.

  78. Chris Palmer

    Chris PalmerPrije 10 dana

    @Whirled Publishing based on what? Those things could be centuries old.

  79. Whirled Publishing

    Whirled PublishingPrije 10 dana

    Yes - they're not admitting that the cause for this is that the sea waters are unusually warm.

  80. Graeme Pennell

    Graeme PennellPrije 10 dana

    When is the human psyche going to realise that "life find a way". No matter what kind of life it is.

  81. Wade

    WadePrije 6 dana

    Found that out when I left a piece of pizza under my bed for a year

  82. Arun Lamsal

    Arun LamsalPrije 10 dana

    Would love to read detail article about its exploration & identification as it gets published. Cong to all the team members.🌷

  83. konsul2006

    konsul2006Prije 10 dana

    I bet they'd love a warm hell compared to that ice hole😅 Life is awesome.

  84. Pro&Con

    Pro&ConPrije 10 dana

    Awesome find.. :-) Kudos to the Biologist. :-))

  85. Kurtis Engle

    Kurtis EnglePrije 10 dana

    Why are there 'things' on the screen. You know, where the video is supposed to be?

  86. ritshopper

    ritshopperPrije 10 dana

    This is really big news, since the underground sea under Antarctica has been isolated from the rest of the world for millions of years. The place is completely inhospitable and these complex life forms have been able to adapt and survive. This makes a visit to Jupiter's moon Europa even more exiting!

  87. Whirled Publishing

    Whirled PublishingPrije 10 dana

    It's not isolated - sea currents from the South Pacific and South Atlantic flow along there - and those sea currents come from the equatorial Pacific and equatorial Atlantic..

  88. Steve I

    Steve IPrije 10 dana

    Animals? looks like mushrooms

  89. Dom Yelin

    Dom YelinPrije 9 dana

    mushrooms are animals, they respire, not photosynthesise.

  90. Protista protista

    Protista protistaPrije 10 dana

    It's really thoughtful that the 20% off overlay completely and irritatingly obscured the video annotation. Thanks! From a subscriber - to New Scientist, itself. Presumably these life forms were 20% Off.

  91. Kurtis Engle

    Kurtis EnglePrije 10 dana

    @New Scientist No, you haven't. Instead of trying to 'adjust', how about "trying" to get the junk off the screen so we can see the video you posted?

  92. New Scientist

    New ScientistPrije 10 dana

    Hi. The juxtaposition was unfortunate. I'm not sure you can put a value on newly discovered lifeforms. 20% off priceless is still, well, priceless. I've adjusted now for a better experience. Thanks for being a subscriber.

  93. -

    -Prije 10 dana

    0:20 - *sessile

  94. 9385dee7

    9385dee7Prije 10 dana

    Cool, couldn't tell what the other stuff that as being pointed to because of the 20% off ad in the corner. Solid!

  95. Cyber Batman

    Cyber BatmanPrije 7 dana

    @IonianGarden don't show them to the Chinese, they'll eat them.

  96. Nas Nasro

    Nas NasroPrije 8 dana

    Yeah! Always having these ads at the end blocking the view for the last few seconds

  97. New Scientist

    New ScientistPrije 10 dana

    Oops. We'll take a look.

  98. IonianGarden

    IonianGardenPrije 10 dana

    Antarctic sponges, 20% off! Come on down!

  99. Fernando Fernandes

    Fernando FernandesPrije 10 dana