Thanks to researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), you can now plunge into the depths of the Earth from the comfort of your own home.
The fact remains that we still don’t know a whole lot about what’s lurking in the deep. Scientists estimate that over a trillion different species call this planet home, and alarmingly enough, we have yet to discover over 90 percent of them.
Although textbooks and encyclopedias are filled to the brim with information about thousands of unique species, we still know shockingly little about marine life. That’s what makes this endeavor by the NOAA so important.
The NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer is currently diving into the Mariana Trench — the bottom of which is the deepest point on Earth.
The best part is that they’ll be streaming live the entire time so that we can follow them into the unknown until July of this year.
As it turns out, they’ve already made a pretty unsettling discovery.
Although they embarked a few short weeks ago, researchers have already come to the startling conclusion that some species of fish in the Mariana Trench swim upside down. This is probably a sign of what’s to come, so we all need to suit up and prepare for creepiness to ensue.
If nerdy jokes and deep-sea adventures are your jam, you really need to keep up with these live feeds. You can check out all three of them below!
(via Science Alert)
Be sure to check back regularly to see what these scientists are up to. Who knows? You could bear witness to a discovery that changes the face of marine biology forever.
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