Recovery and Maintenance of Live Amphipods at a Pressure of 580 Bars from an Ocean Depth of 5700 Meters

Science  02 Jun 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4345, pp. 1056-1059
DOI: 10.1126/science.200.4345.1056


Amphipods were collected from an ocean depth of 5700 meters in a windowed pressure-retaining trap, kept alive in the trap for as long as 9 days aboard ship, and transported to a land laboratory. Observations suggest that the animals can easily tolerate decompressions of 29 percent and briefly of 70 percent of the value of 580 bars, the pressure of their natural habitat. The average pleopod beat frequency was 106 beats per minute. Evidence suggests that food (fish bait) can have at least a 4-day residence time in the gut of these animals.