Moonlight Drives Ocean-Scale Mass Vertical Migration of Zooplankton during the Arctic Winter

@article{Last2016MoonlightDO,
  title={Moonlight Drives Ocean-Scale Mass Vertical Migration of Zooplankton during the Arctic Winter},
  author={Kim S. Last and Laura Ansley Hobbs and J\orgen Berge and Andrew S. Brierley and Finlo R. Cottier},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2016},
  volume={26},
  pages={244-251}
}
In extreme high-latitude marine environments that are without solar illumination in winter, light-mediated patterns of biological migration have historically been considered non-existent [1]. However, diel vertical migration (DVM) of zooplankton has been shown to occur even during the darkest part of the polar night, when illumination levels are exceptionally low [2, 3]. This paradox is, as yet, unexplained. Here, we present evidence of an unexpected uniform behavior across the entire Arctic… CONTINUE READING