Depending on where you live, you might have zero appetite for fireworks shows right now. It’s been a rough year, so why not unwind this Independence Day (or regular Saturday for non-Americans) with nature’s fireworks with the assorted creatures of the deep sea?

We’re big fans of the work of the Schmidt Ocean Institute here at Earther. The Institute’s mission is to use groundbreaking technology to explore the most remote places on the globe—the deep ocean—and to share their research with scientists and audiences all over the world. Past hits include stunning deep-sea coral, underwater volcanoes, and whatever this weird squiggly thing is.


Only about 20% of the Earth’s oceans are mapped, compared with 100% of the moon’s surface, making the institute’s work all the more crucial to climate scientists trying to figure out what comes next for the planet. But their research can also act as a salve for our fried brains and battered psyches.

Sit back, relax, and zone out to our 11-minute highlight reel of the most hypnotic and beautiful deep sea critters, set to the most tranquil jams we could find in our stock music library.


The deep sea is a good place to be.

Eleanor is a documentary producer and director. She makes videos for io9 and Gizmodo.


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Awesome stuff. I’m getting a Tangerine Dream/Vangelis vibe with the background music. Very 80s electronic.

Speaking of the 80s, Earther should retag as, Nature for Nerds Squids. Even STEM colleges had nerds. They were called squids. Squids were nerds’ nerds.