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Learn about deep sea life and the mid-Atlantic ridge from the backgrounders about exciting topics such as: the ridge itself, seamounts, plankton, deep sea fishes and other creatures – and the technology needed for such challenging investigations. Or be an online virtual cruise explorer.

Pupils and teachers: Use MAR-ECO to explore and understand deep sea ecology, resources and conditions for life and its implications on society. Report your school project on this website, register your class in the international school network, contact classes with same field of interest.

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School Report 2007Ghost catsharksAberdeen school visitWhite orange roughy: a mystery of the deep-sea
Read an amazing report from the MAR-ECO Project's Comenius teachers including outstanding artwork by high school students in three different countries.When ghost catsharks are born, the embryos have two rows of large tooth-like denticles on their back, which the scientists believe they use to hatch themselves out of the egg capsule.

In early May 2006, students and teachers from Vyduno Secondary School in Klaipeda, Lithuania, a Secondary School in Pico, the Azores, met with students and teachers from Ellon Academy just outside of Aberdeen, Scotland.

The orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus) got its name because of  its colouration and the special scales (scutes) formed along the belly thus making this part of the body resemble like an “armoured chest”. But it turns out that this fish, which might live until the age of 150, can switch of its colour and become white!
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