Deep-sea mining could open a new industrial frontier in the world’s oceans.
Companies are developing technologies to mine the deep sea, but environmental regulations have yet to be finalized.
Anglerfish have an enlarged fin overhanging their eyes and their mouth that acts as a lure – much like bait on a fisherman’s line.
We know very little about the deep sea and how its inhabitants, including anglerfish, will respond to change. In fact, more people have walked on the Moon than have been to the bottom of the ocean.
Angler fish haunt the deep seas.
The pressure in the deepest part of the ocean can be 1,000 times greater than the pressure we experience at sea level – but creatures that live and visit there have some very special features.
Inside a snailfish.
Newcastle University / Natural History Museum, London
These 'snailfish' look too fragile to exist several miles below the waves.
Harnessing the awe-inspiring living light and power of bioluminescent organisms could change the human world.
BBC Blue Planet
It seems almost inevitable that deep sea mining will open a new and substantial chapter of humanity’s relationship with the oceans.
Luis Lamar / BBC NHU
Few fish can survive in these freezing waters, so invertebrates are the dominant predators.
Into the unknown.
In this episode of The Anthill podcast we are off exploring: land, sea and space.
The famous “faceless fish”, which garnered worldwide headlines when it was collected by the expedition.
Surveying the bottom of the ocean turns out to be far from easy. But there was something wonderful about seeing animals we have only read about in old books.
A trench amphipod,
Hirondellea gigas, from the deepest place on Earth: Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench (10,890m).
Alan Jamieson, Newcastle University
But should we care if the extreme marine frontier is not clean?
Monstrous, or just misunderstood?
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
People are more likely to support conservation for cute rather than creepy-looking animals.
An Amphipod at 8,000 metres.
From time-shifting earthquakes to bizarre creatures, the crushing depths of the hadal zone are another world.
The living fossil Coelacanth, first sighted in South African waters, also lives across the Indian ocean in Indonesia.
A new centre in Indonesia is dedicated to studying the curious and ancient Coelacanth.
The record-breaker poses for the camera, 8,145m below the waves.
Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen
It was our 14th expedition to the trenches of the Pacific Ocean, where depths can exceed 10,000m. And it was due to be our last for the foreseeable future. We had been aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s…
Bet you wouldn’t find this on Mars.
As ships resume the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the depths of the Indian Ocean this week, we often hear that the oceans are “95% unexplored” and that we know more about the surface…
Diseases can devastate coral reefs.
Jorge H. Pinzón C.
The incredible diversity of coral reef ecosystems is being threatened by factors associated with global climate change and local pollution. Today diseases have increased and are killing more corals. Seeing…
Trawling off the West of Scotland is a causing concern.
Some years ago New Yorker magazine printed a cartoon showing a group of high society ladies enjoying an afternoon cup of tea. One lady turns to her neighbour and says, “I don’t know why I don’t care about…
Waves as tall as skyscrapers have been recorded breaking in the deep ocean by a team of University of Washington oceanographers…
Despite the cold, high pressure and lack of light, the deep sea is an incredibly rich ecosystem.
AAP Image/Queensland Brain Institute
With the global population now well over seven billion people there are few remaining parts of the world relatively untouched by human activity. We assess the current state and future prospects of five…
In a chance sighting, scientists have managed to study the ecology of a whale carcass, found in an undersea crater beneath…