Sunday, 8 May 2016

Scientists unveil the strange and wonderful creatures living in the Mariana Trench


See the strange and wonderful creatures living in the Mariana TrenchPlay!01:02
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Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are providing people with a unique insight into life at the deepest part of the Earth's oceans.
A deep-sea holothurian
A deep-sea holothurian CREDIT: NOAA
A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) fitted with a camera is currently scouring parts of the Mariana Trench, feeding back real-time HD video of the life they find below.
So far, scientists have come across some intriguing creatures, including this alien-like jellyfish.
LATEST VIDEOS
  • 01:16DAVID ATTENBOROUGH BEATS BOATY MCBOATFACE TO NEW RESEARCH SHIP
  • 01:02SEE THE STRANGE AND WONDERFUL CREATURES LIVING IN THE MARIANA TRENCH
  • 01:00WHAT IS THE MERCURY TRANSIT? EXPLAINED IN 60 SECONDS
The Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition runs from April 20 to July 10, 2016.
A beautiful stalked crinoid, likely Proisocrinus ruberrimus
A beautiful stalked crinoid, likely Proisocrinus ruberrimus CREDIT: NOAA
It will help scientists gain a better understanding of deepwater habitats in an area that remains underexplored.
A very unusual sponge, which represents a new record for the region and may be a new species
A very unusual sponge, which represents a new record for the region and may be a new species CREDIT: NOAA
The Mariana Trench has a known depth of 10,994 metres and so far the ROV has descended to a depth of 4,064 metres.
This Google Earth map shows the operating area of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas Expedition. Leg 1 of the expedition will focus on the southern half of the CNMI and MTMNM, and Legs 2 and 3 will focus on the northern half. 
This Google Earth map shows the operating area of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas Expedition. Leg 1 of the expedition will focus on the southern half of the CNMI and MTMNM, and Legs 2 and 3 will focus on the northern half.  CREDIT:NOAA
Scientists from NOAA conduct deep sea dives across the planet and made headlines in March this year when they announced they had discovered a new ghostlike octopus.
'Casper the ghost-like' octopus discovered on Pacific Ocean floorPlay!00:41

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