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The Mysterious Mariana Trench (Photos and Video)

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posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 12:07 PM
That little dumbo octopus is probably the deadliest and smartest creature down there. Being cute and squishy is it's snare.

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 12:26 PM
I don't understand how the animals aren't crushed by the pressure..

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 12:37 PM
Cameron is a beast! I love that man! Take a break from the movies and give us some real life excitment!

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 01:00 PM
reply to post by NewAgeMan

The water in the cells and tissues of the fish is at the same pressure as the ambient (outside) pressure. Water is not compressible, and therefore there is no "room" in the body for anything to be crushed. While that explains why they can maintain their shape and structure, there are still many physiological (body chemistry) problems at that depth. These problems are caused primarily by proteins behaving differently at high pressures. Scientists continue to discover different ways that deep-sea fishes modify their proteins in order to help them function.

Here's an articla about how they survive the pressure.

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 01:08 PM
reply to post by StealthyKat

I'm like; how does it work? It's an amutee!

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 01:18 PM
reply to post by primus2012

That little dumbo octopus is probably the deadliest and smartest creature down there. Being cute and squishy is it's snare.

Kind of like those little dinosaurs in Jurrasic Park that killed the fat guy in the jeep.....alll cute and cooing to get you to let your guard down....then transforms to a bloodthirsty killer......aggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 01:29 PM
reply to post by StealthyKat

Thank you, that explains it. They aren't empty inside. Duh!

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 01:45 PM
reply to post by NewAgeMan

Pretty cool huh? You're very welcome.

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 02:33 PM
Just think of the wild life that didn't get pictured due to photo sensitivity. There could be some real creepy crawlies down there that just didn't come out because of the lights on the sub. Some of those creatures have only ever experienced darkness in such low depths.

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 02:37 PM
reply to post by MrStyx

I know....just imagine what they didn't see.....

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 09:02 PM
reply to post by StealthyKat

wow, nice thread stealthykat.
thanks for the response in anon72's thread, somehow I missed yours here.

fantastic pics ! love the Dumbo Octopus like a lot of others on here...

can't wait to see the pics of James Cameron's dive.

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 09:52 PM

Originally posted by StealthyKat
reply to post by Jomina

I know! It almost looks like it could be a child's toy! Cute....

That's Funny as soon as I saw it, I was like how cute!! I want a fish take full of them....then my mind had to start to work on how you could set up a pressurized fish tank so they could live....I may have a new mission!

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 11:03 PM
I'm surprised no one has said this yet, but....

This is obviously the resting place of Cthulu. If those fishes aren't proof....well, something.

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 11:07 PM

Originally posted by StealthyKat
reply to post by SheeplFlavoredAgain

Some are scary, some are cute, and some look like living electricity flashing colored's just amazing. Imagine what else could be down there that we HAVEN'T seen yet!

imagine what we kill everyday on this planet that we will never know about.

the life on the bottom of the ocean almost looks fake. i love it!

posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 11:25 PM

Originally posted by Blarneystoner
Watching this story on the news this AM I couldn't help but think that science would have been better served if an actual Marine Biologist was in the Sub.... the only thing served by this was Cameron's ego...

Science was served by the technology, money and guts that Cameron mustered to get that sub into the depths.
A marine biologist would be just added useless baggage. All the biologist could do is look out the window, just like Cameron. Since it will all be recorded, the biologist gets a lot of great research for free, and no risk.

posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 12:59 AM
reply to post by charlyv

seeing something on a screen and being there are two very different things.... your perspective is effected greatly and you are inclined to notice different and generally more things

actually being there first hand is ALWAYS more desirable
if what you said had any validity at all james cameron would have had someone go in his place because hey theres no benefit to actually going yourself

but yes sience was served nobody would have been willing to pay for this otherwise (which is down right criminal when you look at the amounts being spent on petty bull# that will not help humanity in any way shape or form) hopefully things like this will get more funding because of it
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posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 01:34 AM
Excellent thread! I love stuff like this. The photos and vids are great--I love how deep-sea life has such a high weirdness factor. And yeah, the little octo-thingie everyone thinks is so adorable rates very high on the weirdness chart(it looks like a plushie and even has the 'fake' eye markings!)

As I read through all the responses, I noticed the "why do we know more about outer space than our own oceans?" question was brought up. I have some thoughts of my own on this.
First I would say, "space" is mostly empty space, and wherever it is not empty space, some of the stuff filling it up has a tendency to coalesce into stars, which then conveniently light up all the stuff that didn't turn into stars. So we know a lot about space(or the stuff in space) because we can see lots of it simply by walking outside at night and looking up. It also greatly simplified the engineering problems involved in building tools to study space. The tools merely needed to 1) Sit relatively still, and 2) Help you look at space.
The oceans only let us see their surfaces, for the most part. Even when the water is very clear, diffraction will not allow the passage of enough visible light to illuminate the really interesting parts. A great deal of our deep-sea knowledge comes from sonar or radar, both of which are a method of 'looking' at things by sending out a signal, then analyzing the returning echoes--a difficult task even when you know what your signal is bouncing off of.
The second major difference is the change in environment. Air pressure at sea-level is approximately 15psi. Air pressure in space is approximately 0psi. Not a large difference. Average pressure at the bottom of the Marianas Trench is approximately 18,000psi. Rather a large difference.
So even though the bottoms of our oceans are much closer than even low-earth-orbit space in terms of distance, they are much, much farther away in terms of pressure difference. Any of the myriad successful vehicles the human race has launched into space, if subjected to the pressures of the ocean depths, would crumple into a little tiny ball of fail. Our materials technology, metallurgy, and structural science has needed time to advance in order to tackle the pressure problem.

There's my two cents on that subject.

Now, back to the awesome photos posted in this thread...I've never seen most of these! I knew about the anglers, and the dragonfish. The rest are totally new to me. This gives me a chance to show off what I've learned about analyzing weird photos on ATS:

This is actually a super-secret NASA image that was mistakenly filed with NUMA(National Underwater and Marine Agency). It is one of a series of images taken by an automated probe sent to Venus. This is what the probe saw as it began to swing around to the far side of Venus, which we never see from earth...and now we know why!! It's not a planet, its a....well it's not a planet!!! (if you think this is not a space pic, look again...those are STARS in the bg)

I could make this in Photoshop in 5 minutes. Nice try.

So I'm supposed to believe that somebody spent millions of dollars building a contraption to take them to a place where the environment is so extreme that the slightest flaw in the equipment would mean instant death, and as proof of the trip they show us a very clear photo of what they claim is an unknown life form(a life form that bears a striking resemblance to a certain type of plushie toy, btw). The background of the pic is solid black. The explanation given for this is that "it's very dark down there." Ok, then how did they find this thing if it's so dark, 20cm is not very big. Also, it's dark in my room at night when the lights are out, but my cheap digital camera manages to pick up lots of bg details with its little flash.
Occam's Razor says: This is actually a doctored pic of a plushie toy, no human has ever been to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, this whole thing is a hoax.

Psshh. These are obviously chinese lanterns.


That was fun.

posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 04:05 AM
Compare This. to This.


I think not.


posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 04:22 AM
These creatures were probobly so photo sensitive that he basicly murdered every animal he came across.

if those eyes werent already useless.... they are now....

posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 05:09 PM
LOL @ phto-sensitve comment, probably a lot to that !

Such a great thread, thank you vey much. Who needs to wonder about life on other planets when our own is still such a mystery

Maybe you guys in America need the National Aquanautics and Terran Agency instead of NASA ;+]

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