Project Name Whale Fall Metagenome 
Domain (1) bacteria
Investigators (1)
Institution DOE Joint Genome Institute
Project Code CAM_PROJ_WhaleFall
Project Type metagenome
Publications (1)


Whale carcasses on the sea floor are a rich source of organic matter for the organisms that inhabit the ocean depths. Tubeworms, mollusks, and crustaceans, similar to those found at hydrothermal vents, colonize these whale falls. Sulfate-reducing bacteria oxidize the organic matter, particularly the lipid-rich skeleton, producing sulfide that chemosynthetic microorganisms use for energy. These chemosynthetic microorganisms form the base of the food chain and, as symbionts, supply energy for the fauna on the whale carcass. Samples for comparative genomics have been obtained from a microbial mat and rib bone of a gray whale carcass at a depth of 1674 meters in the Santa Cruz Basin of the Pacific Ocean, and from a whale bone at a depth of 560 meters in the Southern Ocean off the west Antarctic Peninsula shelf.


Name Code Organism CDS NT Pep
Assembly from Whale fall carcass bone, W. Antarctic Peninsula Shelf CAM_ASM_WHALEFALLBONE WHALEFALLBONE      
Assembly from Whale fall carcass microbial mat, Santa Cruz Basin, USA CAM_ASM_WHALEFALLMAT WHALEFALLMAT      
Assembly from Whale fall carcass rib bone, Santa Cruz Basin, USA CAM_ASM_WHALEFALLRIB WHALEFALLRIB      


Sample Name PI Desc
WHALEFALLBONE NA WHALEFALLBONE - Whale fall carcass bone, W. Antarctic Peninsula Shelf
WHALEFALLMAT NA WHALEFALLMAT - Whale fall carcass microbial mat, Santa Cruz Basin, USA
WHALEFALLRIB NA WHALEFALLRIB - Whale fall carcass rib bone, Santa Cruz Basin, USA