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IMPACT STUDY : HOW LOST SEACONTAINERS AFFECT MARINE LIFE

First-ever study describes deep-sea animal communities on and around a sunken shipping container







by Staff Writers
Monterey Bay CA (SPX) May 09, 2014















After seven years on the deep seafloor, this sunken shipping container had been colonized by a variety of deep-sea animals. Image courtesy 2011 NOAA and MBARI









Thousands of shipping containers are lost from cargo vessels each year. Many of these containers eventually sink to the deep seafloor. In 2004, scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) discovered a lost shipping container almost 1,300 meters (4,200 feet) below the surface of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.





In the first-ever survey of its kind, researchers from MBARI and the sanctuary recently described how deep-sea animal communities on and around the container differed from those in surrounding areas.





In February 2004, the cargo vessel Med Taipei was traveling southward along the California coast when severe winds and seas dislodged 24 shipping conta…