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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  • David Southern
    David Southern

    Apparently there is red sand on mars, lots of it oooooooooo yawn

  • Bonesaw

    This is a clickbait right?

  • Pedro Aliu
    Pedro Aliu

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

  • Exauce Mayunga
    Exauce Mayunga

    How do they know its alive?

  • Elpidio Espinoza
    Elpidio Espinoza

    That rock looks out of place.🤔Comet.🤔

  • Speedy Goblin Shark
    Speedy Goblin Shark

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

  • 너프먹고 퇴물된 송하나
    너프먹고 퇴물된 송하나

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

  • Dead Cool
    Dead Cool

    Sponge bob i mean...

  • Pietro Cantuccini
    Pietro Cantuccini

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

  • Dejuan Martin
    Dejuan Martin

    Couldn't see anything but ok cool

  • michelle mead
    michelle mead

    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.

  • 周靖

    put it back, seal it back!

  • Jay C
    Jay C

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

    • Daniel Stadden
      Daniel Stadden

      Just long enough to exploit it


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


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

  • Vinita Sehgal
    Vinita Sehgal

    Life is everywhere...

  • PrehistoricCraft & Fakemon Forever
    PrehistoricCraft & Fakemon Forever

    Darwin: That my bois B)

  • Anime Initiative
    Anime Initiative

    Just dont wake up the Godzilla ..

    • Namish Shaikh
      Namish Shaikh


  • Omar majestic
    Omar majestic

    The thing !!!

  • Raymond Cruz
    Raymond Cruz

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

  • Tommy Lopez
    Tommy Lopez

    Scary .

  • Nina Lehman
    Nina Lehman

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

  • FishHeadSalad

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

  • Alen Vidović
    Alen Vidović

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

  • Thetruth inyafaceboi
    Thetruth inyafaceboi

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


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

  • Illuminated sphere
    Illuminated sphere

    Looks like it’s growing off whale 🐋 poo 💩

  • Jake Craig
    Jake Craig

    Saw this on the news came straight here

  • KillerQueen

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

  • flamencoprof

    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?

  • Laszlo Szabo
    Laszlo Szabo

    The Thing

  • Vladimir Putin
    Vladimir Putin

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

  • Ankit Gambhir
    Ankit Gambhir

    May be alien 👽 spices

  • muel0017

    “Life...uh..finds a way.”

  • Barry Ram
    Barry Ram

    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

  • Daniel Frederikson
    Daniel Frederikson

    how do i get rid of the writing?

  • Pranav Patil
    Pranav Patil

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

  • holly clown
    holly clown

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

    • Mr.sunflower


  • The Green Phantom
    The Green Phantom

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

    • Daniel Stadden
      Daniel Stadden

      @Cyber Batman we already have your selfies

    • Steven

      Deez nuts

    • Cyber Batman
      Cyber Batman

      I giant double headed dildo with wings

  • Point And Click
    Point And Click

    This video is awesome.

  • Naughtystimpy

    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

  • LivingTwice

    how is there snow on the ground underwater?

    • Nina Lehman
      Nina Lehman

      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.

  • Jannis

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

    • tchekof o'
      tchekof o'

      oh god oh fuck

  • Top Lobster
    Top Lobster

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

    • Exauce Mayunga
      Exauce Mayunga

      @Daniel Stadden I believe so

    • Daniel Stadden
      Daniel Stadden

      @Exauce Mayunga is Earth life the only life

    • Exauce Mayunga
      Exauce Mayunga

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

    • ZoNeS Productions
      ZoNeS Productions

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

  • Yvonne Renèe
    Yvonne Renèe

    🥱 do better

  • Angel Morales Alvarez
    Angel Morales Alvarez

    is there any more footage of this?

    • Marcus G
      Marcus G

      Me to

    • Angel Morales Alvarez
      Angel Morales Alvarez

      I'm interested

  • Hanna B.C.G
    Hanna B.C.G

    They found Spongebob!!!!

  • Mario

    sponges and some golden teachers.

  • Green Is Not A Creative Colour
    Green Is Not A Creative Colour

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

  • Feather

    They're the oldest animals too.

  • The Truth Is Out 777
    The Truth Is Out 777

    Terrible existence

  • Mark Cliffe
    Mark Cliffe

    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...

    • Daniel Stadden
      Daniel Stadden

      But then the sun runs out of fuel

  • StYxXx

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

  • ThrummerOfLove

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

    • Cherry [L]
      Cherry [L]

      @Tehehe Hmm I’m sorry but I’m not going to take you seriously when you can’t even spell “being” correctly. I hope you don’t grow up with that same opinion, otherwise I’d only have to hope you never add to the gene pool. People with your type of mindset slow the progression of science and reasoning with your ignorance and stupidity.

    • Tehehe Hmm
      Tehehe Hmm

      @Cherry [L] it’s better to not know

    • Tehehe Hmm
      Tehehe Hmm

      @Cherry [L] what does he mean “by bieng left alone” ITS BY BIENG LEFT ALONE may not like what you find down there could find some new species of shark or fish or slug or what ever but it’s better to be left alone plus like the person said “unholy,nightmarish,creepy stuff “

    • Daniel Stadden
      Daniel Stadden

      @Renata loving life yeah like indigenous people

    • Cherry [L]
      Cherry [L]

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

  • Kooka Munga
    Kooka Munga

    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 ?

    • Vladimir Putin
      Vladimir Putin

      @Egors Deimos logical man

    • Lilien Calvel
      Lilien Calvel

      @Egors Deimos So true

    • Egors Deimos
      Egors Deimos

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

  • Gary Bonie
    Gary Bonie

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

  • A P
    A P

    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

    • Whirled Publishing
      Whirled Publishing

      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.

  • Jim mij
    Jim mij

    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.

    • Whirled Publishing
      Whirled Publishing

      @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.

    • Chris Palmer
      Chris Palmer

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

    • Whirled Publishing
      Whirled Publishing

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

  • Graeme Pennell
    Graeme Pennell

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

    • Wade

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

  • Arun Lamsal
    Arun Lamsal

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

  • konsul2006

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

  • Pro&Con

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

  • Kurtis Engle
    Kurtis Engle

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

  • ritshopper

    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!

    • Whirled Publishing
      Whirled Publishing

      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..

  • Steve I
    Steve I

    Animals? looks like mushrooms

    • Dom Yelin
      Dom Yelin

      mushrooms are animals, they respire, not photosynthesise.

  • Protista protista
    Protista protista

    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.

    • Kurtis Engle
      Kurtis Engle

      @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?

    • New Scientist
      New Scientist

      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.

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    0:20 - *sessile

  • 9385dee7

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

    • Cyber Batman
      Cyber Batman

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

    • Nas Nasro
      Nas Nasro

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

    • New Scientist
      New Scientist

      Oops. We'll take a look.

    • IonianGarden

      Antarctic sponges, 20% off! Come on down!

  • Fernando Fernandes
    Fernando Fernandes


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