What 1 hour of Deep-Sea Vent Life Looks Like in 2 Minutes

Our friends at Neptune Canada have posted this time-lapse video on their Youtube Page. Note the zillions of sea spiders (Pycnogonids), this is a feature of the Northwest Pacific vent province, we rarely see so many pycnogonids at other vents around the world.

Sea spiders, tubeworms, scaleworms, limpets and snails crawl about in a hot vent ecosystem 2120m below sea level.

This time-lapse video compresses an hour of action into 2 minutes. The video was recorded by Tempo-Mini, an innovative instrument platform, which combines chemical and temperature sensors with an HD video camera. Tempo-mini’s camera and lights were left on continually for the entire month of October, 2011.

Kevin Zelnio (870 Posts)


6 Replies to “What 1 hour of Deep-Sea Vent Life Looks Like in 2 Minutes”

  1. That was just plain awesome. I just find the ocean so fascinating. The spiders really surprised me, never knew they existed down there.

  2. auugh! this looks like my bedroom! my cat’s hairs are everywhere! did it get down there too??!
    (sorry…)
    This is beautiful. I love that you show how much life is there!

  3. Oops I seemed to have missed that. Guess I should read this blog more often.

    Sorry.

    1. no worries! we love getting new links from readers! but yes, you should read us more often ;p

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