New discoveries in the deep ocean

The Marianas Trench is the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans.  NOAA is currently in the middle of an investigation of the seafloor and ecosystems in this area.  From April 20 – July 10 the Okeanos Explorer will be gathering baseline information about habitats, living systems, and underwater geology, among other things.  Even more interesting – the exploration is being live streamed on three different cameras.

 

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New species of jellyfish identified. (Image courtesy of NOAA)

 

This mission has so far captured video of a ghostshark, deep sea lobster, extinct hydrothermal chimneys, and a variety of other deep sea fish.

Daily updates dives can be read here.

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