Report reveals ‘unseen’ human benefits from ocean twilight zone

Value beyond view cover

Did you know that there’s a natural carbon sink—even bigger than the Amazon rainforest—that helps regulate Earth’s climate by sucking up to six billion tons of carbon from the air each year?

A new report from researchers at WHOI reveals for the first time the unseen—and somewhat surprising—benefits that people receive from the ocean’s twilight zone. Also known as the “mesopelagic,” this is the ocean layer just beyond the sunlit surface.

Among the topics addressed in the report:

  • How the ocean twilight zone helps stabilize our climate.
  • How the twilight zone supports a healthy ocean ecosystem.
  • How twilight zone creatures could play an important role in feeding a growing population.