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yogi
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Okeanos Explorer

Post by yogi » 02 May 2016, 15:37

NOAA has sent an exploration ship, Okeanos Explorer, to the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Their remote operated vehicle (ROV) has taken dives down to 12000 feet and come up with some remarkable video of heretofore unknown species. A highlight of what they found is here: http://www.azula.com/expedition-finds-m ... as-trench/ The jellyfish is amazing. If you are interested in viewing live camera broadcasts you can see them here: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/m ... tream.html It's all pretty amazing stuff and to me it's better than finding life on Pluto.

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Re: Okeanos Explorer

Post by Icey » 03 May 2016, 15:22

Fantastic, Yogi-thank you for those.

I'd seen another video of deep sea marine life, and discoveries just get better. Seeing a little of what can be found at such depths is like looking at a new planet anyway - fabulous and intriguing. Most of these new life forms're new to us, and I hope we don't ruin it all by excavating the lower sea beds or polluting the depths any further than we have.

The jellyfish was fabulous, and it makes you wonder just how they adapted to their environment and evolved to display their fabulous colours and lights. I understand that this's thought to help to find mates, or used as a warning system, but some of those very deep sea creatures're also said to be blind, and find their way around via vibrations and/or chemical trails. It's beautiful.

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