Ancient amphoras may be able to tell ecologists more about how species move around the seafloor.
Octopuses sometimes make their home inside ancient amphoras.
Ancient Vases as Ecology Experiments
Researchers with the RPM Nautical Foundation are starting to document the creatures clinging to ancient vases as they map shipwreck sites throughout the Mediterranean. Here's a gallery of some of their finds.
A close-up of tube worms on the ceramic surface of a centuries-old vase.
Starfish on Vase
RPM's data will go into a huge searchable database that paints a full picture of the ecological, geographic and archaeological landscape of the Mediterranean.