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Deep-Sea WTFs


Andrea Quattrini NOAA Okeanos Explorer mission in Puerto Rico

As distressed as I am by the quantity of species on the endangered list, I am equally heartened and fascinated by the bizarre and wonderful newly-discovered species constantly found in the deep ocean. Andrea Quattrini and the team of scientists in the NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer mission have just completed an exploration of the previously-uncharted deep-sea ecosystem of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

“The scientists captured the footage and streamed it online in real time using a camera attached to a remote-operated deep sea vehicle, allowing them to roam further down into the waters than if they had sent divers. “We’re able to be in contact with up to 40 scientists a day,” said co-lead scientist Andrea Quattrini.” – IFL Science

During their 12 dives, they saw 100 species of fish, 50 species of deep-water corals and hundreds of other invertebrates, many of which had never been seen in their natural habitat. They also identified a number of new species, including a stunning creature that looks like a jellyfish got it on with a lightbulb, called a ctenophore.

Bathypelagic Ctenophore by Andrea Quattrini NOAA Okeanos Explorer mission in Puerto Rico

Bathypelagic Ctenophore (Photo property of NOAA)

I never get tired of deep-sea documentaries, so today’s beautiful thing is extra beautiful to me. Oh, and when you watch the video below, please note the tiny dumbo octopus at 0:08 which looks to me exactly like the adorable little cartoon octopus from last Saturday’s student film post.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “Deep-Sea WTFs

  1. The diversity of life is mind-blowing.

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  2. WOW, these creatures definitely look otherwordly. And the music matches the alien feeling!

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  3. I really enjoyed watching this film. In fact I could watch it all day. Thank you.

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  4. I love the tiny octopus! So cute! Some of those creatures are stunningly beautiful.

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  5. Beautiful video of animals that we would never otherwise see! And the music enhances the video immensely. Thanks so much for gathering this together. The beauty of God’s creation is astonishing. His creativity in making these creatures so stunning, even though they are unseen by other creatures on the earth, is amazing to me. God obviously enjoys beauty, no matter where it is located! Thanks again.

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