All the tropics folks have a habit of going on and on about species diversity, but it turns out the poles aren’t as desolate as many expected. The Census of Marine Life has just released a report documenting about 7,500 species in the Antarctic and 5,500 in the Arctic including several hundred critters possibly new to science.
Stories circulating the media call the tally ‘astonishing’, but I’m honestly not surprised given how little we know about these regions. The most interesting revelation… Despite the 8,000 miles between them, at least 235 species live in both polar seas. Pretty cool, huh? So how do you think they ended up a world apart?