How Scientists Learn What Lives in the Deep Ocean

Date: September 29, 2020

Source: Smithsonian Magazine
Author: Abigail Eisenstadt

In the fifteen years since it was first caught on camera, the giant squid has revealed many of its secrets. Researchers now know how it swims, some of its migration patterns and even how it might hunt. But they don’t know a lot about the ocean depths where it lives.

“This was a way of opening people’s eyes to the deep sea and showing them that it’s a really alien environment and huge. We haven’t explored very much of it at all.” said Dr. Mike Vecchione, the curator of cephalopoda at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and a researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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