Neil Lumsden was out surfing when out of nowhere the recent earthquake struck the deep sea off of Samoa. We had no warning, being out in the water outside of the reef pass we didn’t feel the earthquake happen, and everyone was caught completely off guard. All of a sudden, while sitting at the usual . . . → Read More: Samoan Tsunami Survivor
If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development. –Aristotle To understand the biogeography of the modern deep sea, we must examine the history of the ocean floor and the establishment of deep-sea fauna. The paleoceanography of the deep-sea is an account of intense fluctuations in temperature, oxygen, and circulation. In the past . . . → Read More: The Origins of Deep-Sea Fauna
“There is absolutely nothing to restrict the geographical ranges of animals in the deep sea. Dr. Wallich, the pioneer of deep-sea research, eighteen years ago recognized the deep homothermal sea “As the great highway for animal migration, extending pole to pole” Below 500 fathoms it is everywhere dark and cold, and there are no ridges . . . → Read More: Biogeography of the Deep Sea
[mappress] Yellow feather star (comatulid crinoid). Photo courtesy of MBARI. We dove Wednesday on North Cleft (45.030268, -130.182166), a massive ravine over 100 meters deep and a few hundred meters wide formed by the spreading of the Juan de Fuca and Pacific Plates. At 2.5 kilometers depth, we explored three inactive hydrothermal vents, the tallest . . . → Read More: NE Pacific Expedition Day 8 & 9
Just a reminder that Chris Mah (from Echinoblog) and I will participating in Leg 5 of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s expedition to the northern Pacific. Leg 5 of the expedition, starting Friday of this week, focuses on sampling lava flows that erupted during historic time on the Juan de Fuca and Gorda . . . → Read More: Pacific Northwest Expedition
A mysterious plume, possibly a stream of ice-covered methane bubbles (inset arrow), rises about 1.4 kilometers from the seafloor off the coast of California. The plume originates in a previously unknown, amphitheater-shaped scar (main image, arrow) on the ocean bottom about 32 kilometers northwest of California’s Cape Mendocino. A recent oceanographic survey on the NOAA . . . → Read More: The Creation of a New Deep-Sea Feature
Tommorrow, National Geographic Channel is premiering a really cool special highlighting the various features on world’s seafloor called Drain the Ocean. I had the good fortune of being able to preview this special film. I was instantly drawn in, especially in the opening scenes where the Johnson Sea Link was prominently filmed in action. Florida, . . . → Read More: National Geographic is Draining Your Oshunz!!
Myself and Chris Mah (from Echinoblog) will particpating in Leg 5 of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s expedition ot the northern Pacific. Leg 5 of the expedition focuses on sampling lava flows that erupted during historic time on the Juan de Fuca and Gorda Mid-Ocean Ridges, and comparing them with the surrounding, older . . . → Read More: 2009 Pacific Northwest Expedition
One of my favorite remarks from the reviews of Deep Sea News over the years was “… gotta love them niche blogs”. I don’t see it in our current reviews, but trust me its been said, and it runs through my mind every time I see a new and fascinating blog. Consider Through the Sandglass, . . . → Read More: Who are you calling a niche blog?
Dunkleosteus skull at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History Way before even your great-great-grandpappy was born and Ohio was ocean instead of cornfields, it was the “Age of the Fishes”. During this Devonian (400-360 million years ago), the placoderms, giant, shark-like, armored fishes, ruled the oceans. Among the largest and most fearsome of these were . . . → Read More: Easy Big Fella