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Today we have gone from being in a rocky area with the most densely-covered seafloor we have ever seen in all over dives to going on to a dive in a sandy seabed with hardly any signs of life. Yet we always find something to surprise us – a meat-eating sponge here, a new echinoderm there and a fish that we didn´t expect at all to see in these waters.

Many sea beds habitats look like a mosaic – one minute there’s a forest-like area then there’s a desert-like area – or we’ve even seen these contrasts in one single area. It’s quite possible that these habitats wouldn´t be able to exist without each other. That’s why it’s so important to see the bottoms of the ocean and to know the role they play in order to manage them well.

 

 

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