Scientists have recently discovered a “whole new world” hiding beneath the Earth’s coldest region: Antarctica. 

Antarctica is known as the Earth’s southernmost continent that’s best known for its icy deserts and extremely cold climate that could measure to -90 degrees Celcius at a given time. Most believe that there’s a very limited life that can be found in the region. However, in a new documentary hosted by Sir David Attenborough, this surprising discovery was revealed: The region beneath the Antarctica sea is teeming with life. 

“The frozen surface of the sea hides a great secret. It may be hostile above the ice, but below it couldn’t be more different, conditions are so stable that life over millennia has had time to diversify. But we’re only just beginning to discover the details of the lives of these strange creatures,” the 93-year old host said in the show. 

According to a report, the bed surface of the Antarctic sea can be seen in the show teeming with starfishes of different colors and also filled with marine life that people rarely see. Sir Attenborough shared that even at his age, it is important for him to show the world just how magnificent the Earth is so they would take it upon themselves to take care of the planet. 

“We are now universal, our influence is everywhere. We have it in our hands to save the world, and we have made a tragic, desperate mess of it so far. Nations are coming together and recognizing we all live on the same planet  and we are dependent on it for every mouthful of food we eat and every breath of air we take.”

“And making programs like this, I’ve been doing it for a long time, and I’m sure a hell of a lot of young people are saying, ‘For God’s sake, why doesn’t he move over? Give another person a chance’, but, anyway, there I am," he said. 

Per a report, Attenborough shared that he still feels amazing discovering new things about the Earth which he narrates and he hopes that what he does will continue to amaze others. “It is extraordinary.” 

The show “Seven Worlds, One Planet” was produced to celebrate and appreciate the variety of life on Planet Earth and also putting a spotlight on its challenges like global warming. The documentary focused on discovering regions of the planet that many scientists have not explored before such as the bottom of the Antarctic. 

Back in 2010, U.S. space agency NASA drilled into the Arctic ice and plunged a camera beneath the surface to see what lies 600 feet below. What they discovered under the West Antarctica Ice Sheet was something amazing - rare life forms like a shrimp-like creature dancing around the freezing water.

"We were like little kids huddling around, just oohing and aahing at this little creature swimming around and giving us a little show,” Bob Bindschadler of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre, recalled. 

The Antarctica ocean sanctuary plans are part of a push to protect the last pristine continent The Antarctica ocean sanctuary plans are part of a push to protect the last pristine continent Photo: POOL / Mark RALSTON