Over thirteen thousand feet below the surface, hundred-foot hydrothermal vents spew black, 690 degree fluid like chimneys from the ocean floor. Tiny crabs, shrimp and limpets scuttle beneath the smokestacks, and a remotely-operated vehicle named SuBastian went down there recently to join them.
Marine biologists have discovered six new animal species in undersea hot springs nearly two miles deep in the southwest Indian Ocean—an area already slated for future seafloor mining.
The deep sea is home to creatures that are sort of normal but then have some sick twist that make them monstrous and so creepy you want to peel your skin off. A squid can’t be just a squid, it has to be a giant squid the size of a school bus. A shark can’t just be a shark, it has to be a goblin shark with a jaw that…
Need a pick-me-up on this dreary Friday afternoon? After checking out some of the nightmare-inducing life forms NOAA’s deep-sea diving robot discovered at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, sleep will be the last thing on your mind.
In March 1968, a Soviet Golf II submarine carrying nuclear ballistic missiles exploded and sank 1,500 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. Five months later, the US government discovered the wreckage—and decided to steal it. So began Project AZORIAN, one of the most absurdly ambitious operations the CIA has ever…
Minecraft players build ridiculous and elaborate structures all the time. But it’s rare to come across a Minecraft creation that feels lush, convincing, alive.
You’ve heard that we know more about space than we do the deep ocean. But did you know it’s so unexplored that scientists discover new species just 200-500 feet down, sometimes at a rate of 14 an hour? A (sort of) manmade enemy threatens those efforts though, and they can’t kill, study, and eat it fast enough.
Just what exactly is this strange deep sea creature? Before releasing it back into the sea, Facebook user Jr Saim uploaded this video. Can you tell what it is?
Remember when we told you that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had recovered the Apollo 11 engines? In July 2013, conservationists found the serial number to confirm that yes, it really was Apollo 11 and not any of the other 12 Saturn V rockets. Tonight, the Explorers Club is honouring the entire Apollo F-1 Search and Recovery…
Climate models are now predicting a "staggering" catastrophe for deep sea marine life — a stark warning that even our planet's most remote ecosystems are not immune from the ravages of climate change.
Man, humans are boring. House pets aren't much more interesting. Bugs can get kind of cool but they're disgusting. Disagree with any of that? Well, check out these fantastic animals. They're absolutely incredible. Translucent, colorful, oddly shaped, spiky, wiry, egg-like and completely out of this world even though…
Today's science website of note: Deep Sea Fauna... With Googly Eyes – a single-subject tumblr that takes weird-looking critters from the ocean deep and grants them +2 Charisma by equipping them with a pair (or more) of plastic eyeballs. It's... surprisingly effective.
The folks over at Deep Sea News recently invited a marine biologist, writing under the pen name "Dour Marine Biologist," to provide some thought-provoking counter-observations to the media hype surrounding James Cameron's dive into Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth.
We've long known there are exotic creatures at the bottom of the ocean, but the enormous difference in pressure makes it almost impossible to bring them up to the surface for study. That's why the Abyss Box is so important.
No, this photo hasn't been 'shopped. You are looking at a specimen from a barely-known and even-more-rarely-seen group of "Supergiant" amphipods—crustaceans that grow twenty times the size of their relatives and can measure a foot or more in length.
Hydrothermal vents are epicenters to some of the most extreme geochemical processes on the planet. The hot spots of geological activity make their home on the ocean floor, where jets of scalding hot, mineral-rich water spew forth into the depths of the near-freezing ocean.
Water tends to absorb light in the red portion of the visible spectrum, often giving the subjects of underwater marine photography a blue-green tint that can wash out their natural colors.
Imagine you're deep under the sea filming beautiful manta rays with a $5,000 camera. Out of no where one giant manta ray steals your camera and swims off with it. Sad? You bet. Until that manta ray returns your camera.
Director James Cameron is building a sub that can plunge 36,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean. If he can pull it off, he could win a $10 million X Prize and shoot footage for an "Avatar" sequel simultaneously.