Scientists Discovered The First-Ever Animal That Doesn’t Need Oxygen to Survive

By: | March 4th, 2020

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We all know the importance of Oxygen for the life on Earth. As per our understanding, all multicellular life on Earth needs oxygen to live.

Guess what! Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel have discovered a jellyfish-like parasite that doesn’t have a mitochondrial genome. This water animal spends its whole life clinging to the inside of North Pacific salmon. It is a region having low to zero-oxygen environment.

It is the first ever animal discovered on Earth that does not breathe and lives without oxygen. This discovery is not only changing our understanding of how life can work without oxygen on Earth, but is also sheding light on how alien life could exist on other planets.

To make the things clear, Researchers at Tel Aviv University decided to take another look at a common salmon parasite called Henneguya salminicola.

Henneguya salminicola is part of the same family as jellyfish, coral and anemones. It is not new but its genome has only just been mapped.

The team is totally clueless, about how it survives without oxygen.  They expect that it could be leeching energy producing chemicals from the salmon. 

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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