4.05.2011

Shipping Containers Become Part of the Ocean Floor

The words "sunken treasure" don't conjure up images of modern shipping containers, but these industrial packages have become a part of the undersea landscape in recent years. And they're being accepted by the local wildlife:

Cargo ships regularly lose these containers overboard — they write them off and collect insurance. But now marine biologists have found one off the coast of California and have decided to study how it may affect sea life. Already, they've discovered that the container has become a new type of habitat on the muddy ocean floor, attracting its own suite of creatures.
Read the full story from NPR here.

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