Sometimes Celebrities Appear: In 2021, he appeared Okeanos ROV glimpsed ethereal squid MagnabinaAnd the A species that has only been seen about a dozen times since it was described a few decades ago. Sometimes live broadcasts achieve a scientific discovery in real time: In 2020, the ROV Schmidt Institute photographed an elusive trumpet squid swimming with its head upright when scientists had long suspected the squid swam its butt. But in my opinion, the real magic of deep sea live streaming comes from the little regular characters who drift by their side. ROV offers us a little peek into a world so different from ours that even the ordinary dramas of the smallest creatures become fictional. Deep Sea Live is an hour-long ode to the strangest little men on the planet.
Okeanos It broadcasts a live dive from Voyage to the Ridge 2022 Expedition from 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET every day this week until July 29, and then again from August 7 to August 29. The live broadcast took place last Friday in the water column over the mid-Atlantic Ridge north of the Azores, and features a steady supply of curious little men. There were giant larvae, and frog-like animals that secreted themselves within mucous palaces of their secretions. Maybe there was a file PlanctotothesA squid with a highly decorative tail that appears to mimic a siphonophore, a squishy order of animals that are both living organisms and colonists. There was a mysterious ctenophore that looked like a Louis Comfort Tiffany vase, which was immediately emptied into the spout of the drink.
As far as parts of the ocean go, the water column – the vast vertical stretch of water between the surface and the sea floor that happens to be the largest habitat on the planet – is notorious for being somewhat empty. But this void shines a special light on young men. Little men obviously live everywhere on the planet, but open waters make it especially easy to spot them. Corals contain so many little men that one can only take them all in the form of a spectacle or a community, and it is easy to dim our attention when something as charming as an octopus wanders. But in the open waters of the deep sea, a vast expanse that contains mostly nothing, an ROV can travel for minutes without seeing something big enough to distinguish as life. Even the smallest worm becomes important and deserves attention. The open water is where the young men become the stars of the show.
This also applies to life on Earth. Perhaps a field that may appear empty to us is full of errors. There is a concrete car park with harmless green shoots sprouting from its cracks. A clean human face contains vast communities of mites that live for only a few weeks, feeding on sebum and doing who knows what with their newfound holes. Sometimes, when I look at my friends during a casual conversation, I know I’m also looking at their mite, wondering if any of their mite is looking at me again.
To encounter anything in the water column is purely coincidental. Anything can be a discovery. Shrimp can be a find. So can a worm or jellyfish. All copepods, perhaps the most abundant individual species on the planet, are named, writhed over the video, and commented on. Amid the drizzling rain of continuous sea snow, which means the bits of dead flesh and droppings dripping from the surface, often masquerading as specks of mucus, flesh or dirt in the form of young guys. Misidentifications increase the risk. So when it turns out that a tiny constellation of white specks isn’t a mysterious piece of sticky stuff, but is actually a gelatinous invertebrate called a ctenophore—even if the livestream has pictured dozens of ctenophores already—I feel a sense of triumph. Even the smallest distant point may be alive; The camera just needs to zoom in.
The Okeanos Deep Sea livestream also features narration that pushes its limits on ASMR. There will always be a scientist or two explaining what you see on screen – what it is, how it lives and what it does. This narrative also serves as a constant reminder of the limits of our knowledge of the deep sea. “What am I looking at?” It is an incredibly common refrain, and one that often goes unanswered.
And when the serenity of the live stream is disrupted, it’s often for a candid Shakespearean drama. The Okeanos Live broadcasts sometimes record killings, where one creature feeds on another. And unlike anything in Shark Week, these acts of predation can occur on small scales. Friday’s dive captured an extremely hungry crustacean called amphipod that goes into town on a bioluminescent ctenophore, producing a dazzling McPange.
Although the scientists commenting on the live broadcasts are experts on biodiversity in these areas, and often have other experts on standby to provide accurate identifications, some creatures inevitably stumble upon identification, drifting off screen to live out the rest of their lives with a level of Privacy we can only dream of. Admittedly, it’s so iconic that it’s something so gelatinous and confusing that you can drift toward a video screen, and make a group of scientists go, “What’s that?” , then slip away. In an age when drones and wildlife cameras bring surveillance to nature, animals are losing their rights to digital privacy. But the beauty of NOAA Okeanos The live broadcast is that he does not intrude for a long time into the lives of the animals he glimpses. (Except, of course, those that are captured with a burst nozzle so scientists can study them.)
today Okeanos It explores the axial ridge creek–where the crust gives birth and forms new seafloor–which feature numerous corals and sponges, which, as animals rather than plants, are dependent juveniles. Conclusion has already hinted a chimera, also known as the ghost shark, it is neither a ghost nor a shark but still an interesting animal. You can watch the stream here. So, if this week you need to relax and unwind from the onslaught of terrible shit in general on dry land, I recommend adjusting Okeanos Live broadcast and goosebumps, one by one copepods.