Did you know that up to 91% of species living in the ocean till this very day, remain unclassified?
That’s even a scarier study considering that prehistoric species such as the megalodon or perhaps the Lochnes monster has been speculated to be alive, it’s kind of difficult to turn down such allegations, all due to that statistic.
With each passing year, even though allegations of such species remain unclear and if anything, but a mere mystery, marine biologists are learning something new about the ocean every day and are making a lot of progress with each passing year.
Given the size of the ocean, however, it’s 100% completely impossible to know just how many species reside in the ocean for sure. Even though there are much to still be discovered research suggests that ecosystems are on an ever-increasing decline, which makes it even more difficult for us to know how many species currently exist.
Apart from 91% of species remaining unclassified, 95% of the ocean still hasn’t been explored whatsoever, which makes the task of finding out quite daunting as well.
An effort is required to discover more
It is without a doubt that scientists have already discovered many new species over the past few decades. Especially, because of the international project, hosted by the Census of Marine Life, which spanned over a decade and recorder the distribution, diversity, and abundance of species in the ocean uncovered a lot of information to support growth in the study of marine biology.
The results of their research resulted in 540 marine expeditions, which also includes a lot of new information regarding species that are currently endangered. Such information is crucial to the existence of species living in the ocean, as it helps us understand what is posing a threat to the ocean, as well as whether something can be done about it.
Unless a substantial amount of research is done going forward, the number of species residing in the ocean will remain yet another mystery.