Using a robotic lander, scientists have captured the first-ever footage of marine life at the bottom of the previously unexplored New Hebrides trench in the Pacific. At depths reaching 4.5 miles, the ecology was unlike anything the marine biologists had ever seen.
The 30-day expedition was conducted by the University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand.
The lander, operating at a depth of 23,000 feet (7,000 meters), was loaded with bait to lure the deep-sea creatures into view.
The resulting video showed an unexpected dearth of diversity; animals observed included large grey cusk eels (some as long as one meter long), bright red prawns (shown directly above), and arrow-tooth eel pouts (shown above that one).