Distribution and diel vertical movements of mesopelagic scattering layers in the Red Sea

  title={Distribution and diel vertical movements of mesopelagic scattering layers in the Red Sea},
  author={Thor Aleksander Klevjer and Daniel J. Torres and Stein Kaartvedt},
  booktitle={Marine biology},
The mesopelagic zone of the Red Sea represents an extreme environment due to low food concentrations, high temperatures and low oxygen waters. Nevertheless, a 38 kHz echosounder identified at least four distinct scattering layers during the daytime, of which the 2 deepest layers resided entirely within the mesopelagic zone. Two of the acoustic layers were found above a mesopelagic oxygen minimum zone (OMZ), one layer overlapped with the OMZ, and one layer was found below the OMZ. Almost all… CONTINUE READING


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