If art is the universal language, how do you say “don’t eat orange roughy”?View More TGIF: Friday Deep-sea Picture (09/12/08)
The deep-sea gorgonian genus Iridogorgia sp. is characterized by a partially calcareous axis with an open, upright spiral or helix arrangement (Verrill, 1883). Three new species were described last year (Watling 2007).View More Friday Deep-sea Picture: Iridogorgia (09/04/08)
Join me and my colleagues as we embark on the Benthic Assemblages in the Twilight Zone (BATZ) expedition to characterize benthic assemblages in the mesophotic or “twilight zone” (50-200 m) using a deep-diving Phantom II remotely operated vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico August 25 – September 2nd, 2008.View More Twilight Zone… the Expedition
Can you name the genus of this deep-sea squid?View More One question squid quiz
There are a few theories about why sea turtles make occasional excursions into very deep (> 1000 m) water. These involve escape from predation, thermoregulation, and prey availability. In the first two, sharks are fewer, so turtles can evade predation and “cool off” at the same time. Like ladies tanning on a balcony.View More Why would a leatherback turtle dive 1000m deep?
You are a giant swarm of Antarctic krill migrating daily from sunlit surface waters down to the 4500m in the abyss. Some portion of your…View More Sexual refuge for krill in the abyss?
Climate oscillations, even small ones like the Madden Julian Oscillation, can have a deep impact on the oceans, down to a mile deep. The Telegraph UK calls one newly revealed oceanographic mechanism a “freak” ocean wave because it travels underwater, with little or no surface expression. This was such a good spin I had to promote this to main title.View More Freak ocean wave across the Pacific