Scientists with the help of the British Antarctic Survey discovered life beneath 2,950 feet thick layer of snow in northwestern Antarctica. The team tried to investigate this life form further by lowering their camera into the ice shelf hole. They found organisms clinging to a boulder of ice.
According to the team’s published journal, the organisms are suspected to be filter feeders which feed themselves by pulling out microorganisms like phytoplankton out of the water. “It’s a place where, essentially, we didn’t expect this kind of community to live at all,” said Huw Griffiths, who is one of the authors of the study. “This is showing us that life is more resilient, and more robust than we ever could have expected if it can put up with these conditions.”