Pelagic

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  • relating to or occurring or living in or frequenting the open ocean; "oceanic islands like Bermuda"; "oceanic currents"; "oceanic birds"; "pelagic organisms"; "pelagic whaling"

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Pelagic Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


The pelagic zone is the part of the open sea or ocean that is not near the coast or sea floor. The name comes from the Greek πέλαγος (pélagos), which might be roughly translated as "sea" but is more accurately translated as "open sea."

The pelagic (or open-ocean) zone is divided into a number of sub-zones:

The last three zones are similar in character, and some marine biologists count them as a single zone or consider the latter two to be the one zone. Some define the hadopelagic as waters below 6000 meters, whether in a trench or not.



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