And We Will Harness Our Power For Evil…Evil!!!

On how to use cool technology and a neat ROV to create a unbelievably large path of destruction…

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

5 Replies to “And We Will Harness Our Power For Evil…Evil!!!”

  1. I am sure that they will be carefully surveying the whole path for important deep sea life, right? They wouldn’t callously rip through hundreds of kilometers of seabed without very careful environmental studies, right? Yeah, right.

  2. Okay, as an ROV pilot, I find that REALLY COOL, but as a biologist/environmentalist, I find it really terrible and saddening… I think the biologist/environmentalist side wins, hands-down on this one for me.

  3. Sounds like driving a tractor through the Alps. Avalanche anyone? Apparently not: doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2004.10.022

    If only…..

  4. Although… it’s a very narrow path, really. Less wide than a SINGLE deep-water bottom trawl (They fish in the 1000s of meters here in British Columbia for “Idiots”, or Thornyheads, Sebastolobus spp., and as I know from my work, areas of ‘special’ habitat are pretty infrequent in the deep water. Who knows? It might not be all that bad compared to abuse we heap on the deep sea everyday. Any thoughts, Admins? :)

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