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).
It´s been a really long road, but here´s the first episode of Season Two. Hope you like it!
The Jazzy dudes don´t have a releasedate for Episode 2 yet, but it should be ready very soon. We´ll let you know, so stay tuned!
PS! Those of you who follow all their videos will notice that although this is a brand new edit and a lot of the material in the video is new, large parts of this video were released as “The Only Way Is Up” two years ago, right after they started working on this project. The next three episodes will feature previously unseen material only.
The angler who catches the most inches of permit earns the title of tournament grand champion. The tournament also is to recognize the grand champion guide, first runner-up and guide, and angler and guide who score the longest single permit.
Participants wishing to sharpen their skills and increase their familiarity with Keys waters can arrive Sunday, March 16, and practice fish Monday, March 17. Early arrivals also can watch “The Drake Fly Fishing Film Tour” set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Key West’s Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. A 6:45 p.m. reception is scheduled for ticket holders before the show.
The tournament is to begin with a kick-off reception and dinner March 17 at Key West Harbour Yacht Club, 6000 Peninsular Ave. on Stock Island. The club serves as tournament headquarters.
A review of rules and regulations is scheduled during the event, and auction items are to be on display.
Lines are to be in the water from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, March 18-20. Boats must return to the dock, and participants with fish to score must check in at the scorekeeper’s table, by 6 p.m. each day.
To count for points, fish must be boated, measured and photographed on the measuring device provided and released alive. Extra points are earned for properly tagging fish.
After each day’s fishing, anglers can enjoy appetizers and a cash bar at Key West Harbour Yacht Club. Awards are to be presented at 6 p.m. Thursday, and items are to be auctioned as well.
Proceeds from the tournament are to benefit the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, which helps conserve and enhance global fisheries and habitats of bonefish, tarpon and permit.
The entry fee is $850 per angler. Licensed guides are allowed to fish as anglers in the permit challenge.
Tournament information and registration: www.marchmerkin.com
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Lower Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/lowerkeys or 1-800-872-3722
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing
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