Who knew that a battle between an articulate robotic sampling arm and a colonial organism related to soft corals rooted to the seafloor could be so suspenseful? I have no emotional connection to either of these opponents, but I FEEL the utter disappointment of the loser in this epic 50-sec confrontation.

This battle has been brought to you by the deep links project (@_deeplinks,, the RRS James Cook, the ISIS ROV, Anton Dohrn Seamount in the NE Atlantic, the letter U and the support of taxpayers like you.