I’m delighted to present this guest post from Dr. Michelle Staudinger, a post-doc at the University of Missouri Columbia and stationed at the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in Reston Virginia. Michelle was a grad student at Stony Brook University while I was an Assistant Prof there another life ago. Thanks Michelle for . . . → Read More: Guest post: The stunning deep-water biodiversity of the Bear Seamount
A new species of squid, 0.7 meteres (2.3ft) in length was discovered among the 7,000 samples from taken from seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean. The newly discovered squid is from the chiroteuthids characterized by long slender bodies and fantastic bioluminescence displays. . Via New large squid found in southern Indian Ocean and additional pictures . . . → Read More: New squid found in Indian Ocean
SARDI scientists have discovered an extinct volcano (800m across and 200m high) 2km below the surface and 100 nautical miles offshore in a protected area of the Great Australian Bight. They were mapping a strip of seabed in the middle of the Benthic Protection Zone and tripped over the feature, now named “Anna’s Pimple”. . . . → Read More: Say Hello to Anna’s Pimple
This ghostly-looking orange cirrate octopus was observed with the MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts on my recent research cruise to the Taney Seamounts. These finned octopuses belong to an order of animals called Cirrata named for the presence of hair-like structures called ‘cirri’ which may aid these animals in the capture of food. via YouTube – . . . → Read More: Ghostly critters of the deep sea: Cirrate octopus
A new paper by Chris Mah of Echinoblog, Martha Nizinski at the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Lonny Lundsten at MBARI is nicely captured in this Youtube video narrated by Lonny. Congrats to the three authors.
The exploration vessel Nautilus, with a team of experts of the University of Haifa’s Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, headed by Prof. Zvi Ben Avraham, discovered for the first time an area of reefs with deep-sea corals in the Mediterranean, offshore of Israel. This area apparently stretches over a few kilometers, 700 . . . → Read More: Deep-sea coral reefs discovered in Mediterranean
This is a perspective view of the Kawio Barat (West Kawio) seamount looking from the northwest. The underwater volcano rises around 3,800 meters from the seafloor. Credit: Image courtesy of INDEX 2010: “Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region.” The join Indonesia – U.S. exploration of the deep ocean north of Sulawesi, Indonesia mapped . . . → Read More: Update on NOAA Expedition in the Indian Ocean
Peter Etnoyer is a deep sea coral habitat specialist with NOAA’s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Charleston, SC. He returns to Deep Sea News to deliver this important report on an exciting new development in deep sea science. The journal Oceanography published a new full-color thematic issue online, devoted to understanding seamounts, . . . → Read More: Guest Post: The Largest Habitats on Earth
A potential new species of nudibranch (white box) on a bubblegum coral You might have noticed that my posting frequency is down recently. Why? 1. Kevin Z convinced me to start Tweeting. There seems to be an inverse relationship to my writing for DSN and posting Tweets. Previous attempts to integrate our Twitter content into . . . → Read More: What’s New With the Dr. M and the Oceans?
All captured in video by scientists exploring 1220m (4000ft) beneath the surface in Pacific Ocean near Samoa the previous summer. The lava erupting from the West Mata volcano is predicted to be the hottest lava erupting one Earth. [googlemap lat="-15.284185114076433" lng="-172.08984375" width="500px" height="500px" zoom="2" type="G_SATELLITE_MAP"]Samoa[/googlemap] . . . → Read More: Deepest Underwater Volcanic Eruption