Biodiversity in the deep sea

12 December 2013

Source: Ocean Health Index

Authors: Dr Bruce Robison & Dr Steven Katona

Dr. Bruce Robison may have the best job in the world! As Research Division Chair at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), he has spent much of his career exploring deep water aboard more than a dozen submersible vehicles as well as developing remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) that can photograph and collect animals at great depth.

Most of them have never been seen alive by anyone else on Earth and many are entirely new to science. For thousands of years people believed that nothing at all could live in such dark, cold, unforgiving conditions. They were wrong. 

Just like astrophysicists look outward seeking to find and understand the mysterious 'dark energy' and ‘dark matter’ that make up most of the universe, Robison and his MBARI colleagues are discovering our planet's 'dark biodiversity,' the huge quantity and variety of animals that would forever remain invisible without their pioneering quest.  

You wouldn’t want to miss the Vampire Squid from Hell (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) so take this dive into the deep.

For more, go to: www.oceanhealthindex.org/News/Biodiversity_In_The_Deep_Sea