What's hiding in our deep oceans? A whole bunch of beautiful and interesting animals it turns out. Today Dr Karen Osborne joins us to answer all our important questions on our deep oceans, what they're made up of, what it's like to study them and what it's like to live with a whale.
Dr. Karen Osborn is an award-winning zoologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. She specialises in the fascinating world of animals that live in the deep ocean but above the sea floor. She grew up loving animals and chose marine biology after spending a year in Pohnpei, Micronesia. She was SCUBA diving every chance she got on the lush coral reefs that surround the tropical Pacific island. Seeing the huge variety of shapes and sizes of animals that make up the reef communities made her wonder how and why that much diversity of shape came about. How do all those different animals accomplish basically the same thing - survival and reproduction - with such different bodies and ways of living?
You can learn more about her and her work here.
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