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Symbiosis - Working Together in the Deep Sea

Symbiosis. The name for any kind of a close and long-term interaction between two different organisms. This phenomenon is found in nearly every ecosystem on the planet - allowing organisms to rely on others for food, shelter, or to act as a warning for nearby danger. But nowhere on Earth are creatures more uniquely adapted to relying on others than in the deep sea - a world of darkness, cold, and intense pressure. Let’s dive in, and take a closer look at the incredible role of symbiosis in the deep sea ecosystem.

 
Image by Zheng Wei Lim

In order to survive the challenging environment of the deep ocean, many organisms have turned to one of nature’s fundamental ecological associations. Symbiosis.