The snailfish that inspired the robot.
The device ventured nearly 11km below the surface to the Mariana Trench.
The interior of a replica 1930 Bathysphere, as used by scientist William Beebe and engineer Otis Barton to explore the oceans depths.
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Almost a decade before the moon landings, humans reached the lowest point on Earth’s surface.
The remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer captures images of a newly discovered hydrothermal vent field in the western Pacific.
In some places, the ocean is almost 7 miles deep. Scientists exploring the ocean floor have found strange sea creatures, bizarre geologic formations and records of Earth’s history.
Image from video of Mariana snailfish.
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The Mariana snailfish lives nearly 27,000 feet underwater, but has features that help it adapt to intense water pressure and cold. Physiological limits may prevent fish from surviving in deeper water.
Despite the cold, high pressure and lack of light, the deep sea is an incredibly rich ecosystem.
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