Mariana Trench expedition led by UH scientists breaks deep-sea fish records
by KHON Web Staff
During a recent expedition to Mariana Trench, an international team led by two University of Hawaii scientists found an active, thriving community of animals, including a new species of the deepest fish ever recorded.
The Hadal Ecosystem Studies expedition aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor differed from other deep-sea trench research by exploring life and geologic processes across the entire hadal zone, rather than focusing solely on the trench’s deepest point.
“Many studies have rushed to the bottom of the trench, but from an ecological view that is very limiting. It’s like trying to understand a mountain ecosystem by only looking at its summit,” said co-chief scientist Jeff Drazen. Patty Fryer was the other co-chief scientist.
Scientists sampled a broad spectrum of environments using five deep-sea vehicle systems called landers at specifically targeted depths from 5,000-10,600 meters (16,404–34,777 feet)…
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video: A compilation of video footage captured from deep sea lander vehicles, including supergiant amphipods.