The snailfish that inspired the robot.
The device ventured nearly 11km below the surface to the Mariana Trench.
Inside a snailfish.
Newcastle University / Natural History Museum, London
These ‘snailfish’ look too fragile to exist several miles below the waves.
Image from video of Mariana snailfish.
SOI/HADES/University of Aberdeen (Dr. Alan Jamieson)
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.
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…