Image on left: Seafloor Production Tool (SPT) that will be operated at a depth of 1600 meters off the coast of Papua New Guinea by Nautilus Minerals to extract copper and gold from high grade seafloor massive sulphide deposits. Image on Right: Computer generated Bucket-Wheel Excavator used to extract unobtanium from Pandora in James . . . → Read More: James Cameron And The Dawn Of DeepTruth?
In 1899 a French zoologist named Edouard Chevreux with an inordinate fondness for crustaceans officially described two crustaceans from the deepest parts of the ocean. Over 100 hundred years later, scientists have collected less than two dozen specimens of this enigmatic shellfish, shocking given that is largest species of amphipod ever known. Within Crustacean . . . → Read More: The Large But Enigmatic Supergiant
Oh the dark deep sea is frightful, But the food not so delightful, But since we’ve got no place to go, Let It Marine Snow! Let It Marine Snow! Let It Marine Snow! The deep-sea floor is a patch mosaic of habitats In the late 1960’s, two marine biologists, Howard Sanders and Robert Hessler, . . . → Read More: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
From the always epically entertaining MBARI Video.
Katleen Robert is a deep sea ecologist and graduate student at University of Victoria who was interviewed for NEPTUNE Canada. Listen to her reasons for becoming an ocean scientist!
Dr. Janet Voight of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago talks about exploring deep sea ecosystems and her research on deep sea marine invertebrates. Many of these images are familiar to me as I was generously invited to participate on a cruise to hydrothermal vents in 2003 by her while I was merely . . . → Read More: Janet Voight: In 1860s “Educated People Could Not Envision” Life on the Seafloor
The deep sea is home to an estimated 10 million species, most of which have yet to be scientifically-documented. While this marine biodiversity rivals the world’s richest tropical rainforests, these fragile deep-sea habitats, which have taken centuries to grow, are being destroyed by trawlers dragging enormous weighted nets that, in a single pass, scrape . . . → Read More: Deep Trouble for the Deep Sea
We have a long history of being HUGE fans of the “bone-devouring zombie worm from hell”. Osedax species were described less than 10 years ago and much work on their reproduction, evolution and ecology has yielded incredible insights into a unique and bizarre way of life! Early on, Osedax was only found on whale bones . . . → Read More: Whale Bone-Devouring Worm Into More Than Just Whales
←Previous Lesson: Lessons from the Census of Marine Life While the Census of Marine Life may be the most recent call to survey the ocean, deep-sea exploration has a rich, paradigm-shifting history. It has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster: colorful characters, high seas action, the drama of antagonistic actions between “men of honor”, . . . → Read More: Deep Sea 101: Early Paradigms and Exploration