TIL: Microorganisms constitute more than 90% of the biomass in the sea. It is estimated that viruses kill approximately 20% of this biomass each day, and that there are 15 times as many viruses in the oceans as there are bacteria and archaea

Read the Story

Show Top Comments

damn we only have 5 days left until no more ocean 🙁


Are you ready kids? I can’t hear you! Ooohhh who lives in a biomass under the sea?


20% kill off daily seems so hard to believe. Do these organisms replenish themselves just as quickly? It’s crazy to think that if something major in the reproductive chain of these organism happens that almost all of them could be wiped out in a single week if the viruses proceeded as described?


The ocean is not a safe place


That’s a lot of teeny tiny little ghosts.