Lophelia II 2008: Extraordinary Redeye Gaper
Published on Dec 10, 2008
Scientist discovered a redeye gaper (Chaunax sp.) venting water at 240 meters (788 feet) depth at the Green Canyon dive site. This expedition was the first cruise of a 4-year project to explore new deepwater coral communities in the Gulf of Mexico at both natural and human-made sites. The goal of the project was to also characterize these communities in terms of coral habitat characteristics, biology, ecology, and genetic connectivity.
Video courtesy of Lophelia II 2008: Deepwater Coral Expedition: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks.
Sort of reminds one of a tiny rex-y kind of dinosaur, doesn’t it? It was all I could think of.
Giant Isopod: Gulf of Mexico 2017
Published on Dec 4, 2017
On November 30, 2017, during the first dive of the Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition, we saw this giant deep-sea isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) at a depth of ~810 meters (2,660 feet). Measuring nearly 30 centimeters (almost one foot) long, these giant isopods are a great example of deep-sea gigantism, as most isopods in the deep sea are much smaller, about the size of your thumbnail. While we often see these giant underwater ‘pill bugs’ resting on the seafloor, we don’t always get to see them swim, so seeing this isopod come in for a landing was exciting! Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017. Learn more about the expedition: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos…
Being nature boy when I was a little kid I am qquite familiar with wood lice and I rather like them and think it unfortunate that they are stuck with the moniker. Lice is an unattractive name for such a neat little critter.
These things look exactly like them (well, almost exactly) but are a foot long!
Dumbo Octopus: Gulf of Mexico 2014
Published on May 9, 2014
Spotted during the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2014 expedition and identified as the biology highlight of the cruise by many of our scientists and viewers alike, this dumbo octopus displayed a body posture that has never before been observed in cirrate octopods. Learn more about this guy and other cephalopods (squids, octopods, and their relatives) seen during the expedition: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos… Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2012
My, oh my, the adorable level knows no bounds.
We need to spend billions on exploring the ocean. Not effing bombs. Got plenty of those.