ben·​thic | \ ˈben(t)-thik How to pronounce benthic (audio) \

Definition of benthic

1 : of, relating to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water
2 : of, relating to, or occurring in the depths of the ocean

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Recent Examples on the Web But benthic dwellers are difficult to haul up to the surface alive, let alone chipper. Sabrina Imbler, New York Times, "Could Listening to the Deep Sea Help Save It?," 10 Nov. 2020 Fuchs knew benthic species tend to release their tiny larvae when the water warms to a certain temperature. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Ocean warming has seafloor species headed in the wrong direction," 7 Sep. 2020 Warmer temperatures and retreating ice sheets harm benthic habitats and the creatures within (PDF) that the gray whales eat. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "Scientists are worried that a thousand gray whales have died so far this year," 20 July 2019 Indicators include the team’s biodiversity surveys of dragonfly larvae and other benthic macroinvertebrates sensitive to water quality. Dustin Renwick, National Geographic, "Five years on, the Flint water crisis is nowhere near over," 25 Apr. 2019 The overpopulation theory Before their journey south, gray whales feed on sea bugs at the bottom of the ocean in what is known as the benthic zone. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "Scientists are worried that a thousand gray whales have died so far this year," 20 July 2019 Monk seals dine on nearly the entire buffet of foods offered in the mid-Pacific Ocean, from octopus to eel to lobster to benthic fish, any of which could be infected. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 The current swept along crabs and shrimp and maybe a few marine worms and other benthic life unable to fight the flow. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Bay food chain comes to life with tide change," 14 Apr. 2018

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1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Benthic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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