The Marina Trench has been in the news because of James cameron's recent trip there.....This is a fascinating place! We know so little of our own
planet, and in my opinion, should be explored much more than it is. We know more about the moon than we do of our own oceans.... So here are a couple
of great videos with information on the trench, and below that, are some images from a past dive and of some of the creatures who live there.The
videos are from a few years ago, but they are very interesting.... and until Cameron releases his findings, this is what we know and have seen down
there so far.
To give some perspective this diagram shows how deep the trench is
This first one is about the first dive down there....the Trieste....it's amazing! They thought they would die because when they got to the deep
depths, the sub started groaning from the pressure.....scary stuff!
These are videos about the trench....
Below are some photos of some of the life down there.....
No word on what James Cameron may have seen in his recent dive to the deepest part of the ocean, but here are some of the creatures that have been
photographed in past dives.
check out some of the creatures that live at the deepest part of our planet. These images were taken on one of the most recent dives into the
trench (2008). There has been only 3 dives down (two unmanned and one manned), which makes these images a very rare sight.
The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world's oceans, and the lowest elevation of the surface of the Earth's crust. It is currently
estimated to be up to 10,971 m (35,994 ft) deep. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands.
One more thing....check out these giant "amoebas" found in the trech.....
Imagine one of these guys, but more than 100 times bigger. That's what scientists found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest known
part of the world's oceans.
This is a perfect example of why there just has to be life in outer space! The extreme conditions at which life can thrive even on our own planet is
amazing; from cellular life to complex organisms like the ones above.
Exactly.....they live in an environment that would crush us instantly. I think any life out there in the universe may resemble some of these life
forms.....not like us. Who knows what they would look like.....but my guess is they would be nothing like us!
Wonderful thread StealthyKat..I noticed all the fish that live that deep have weird mouths and nasty looking teeth very scary looking!
The dumbo octopus is just adorable..I cant wait to see what new things Cameron is able to photograph this should be very interesting..S&F
Thanks Sugar! You know when I think about it, I think about what type of huge creatures with those teeth could be lurking there! We have seen the
small ones, but I think there could be some "BIG" surprises down there! I would be terrified to go down there in a tiny submarine, not know what
could be down there....Hats off to the brave people who went there!
Gives me the heebie jeebies some of those beasties. No idea if it's the same angler fish but it looks very similar if it isn't.
"Stare at my glowing blue protuberance, all you can see is the glowing blue protuberance...relaaaaxxxx..."
ETA I know they need special subs down there due to the enormous pressure at that depth which makes it all the more weird that some of the beasties
look decidedly soft and rubbery. If that was us we'd be nothing but...jelly? Crushed into the size of a sugarlump? Brrrr!
I don't know much about the oceans but i don't think there going to find any huge creatures down there i would think the lack of oxygen would keep
anything from growing huge..But im probley wrong just a thought that ran through my head like i said i don't know anything about this
This is an excellent thread, SK! I really enjoyed it.
In-fact, I just shared this with several people that I was discussing the very topic with today. Coworkers that normally have no interest in things
like this heard about Cameron and suddenly found interest.
Anyway, S&F for an extremely well put together post. I liked how the photos that you chose have the depth where these creatures live. Very cool!
The Scaly dragonfish is a thing of nightmares!!
This world never stops astonding me.
In a few of the "fish" pictures and a few others that I've seen, I've noticed the deep water fish have a major under bite. As if their lower jaw
extends further than the top jaw. I wonder why this is and what atvantage this jaw style has over the others. hmmmmm.........
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