Heat-loving, oil-eating bacteria seeping out of the seabed – “…the toughest, most resilient lifeforms we know of…”

A recent genetic analysis has suggested that thermophilic, petroleum-using bacteria living thousands of metres beneath the seafloor seep out into the ocean. They are then transported in the oceans in a dormant state before reviving in distant oil reservoirs.  The deep biosphere is the largest habitat on the Earth but little is know about its ecology say researchers,