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By Jon Forrest Dohlin
You may not think that the words “metropolis and “corals” belong in the same sentence. So you might be rather surprised to hear that beautiful deep-sea coral communities can be found lurking in the deep just a few hours’ boat ride from New York City, one of most urbanized settings in the world.
See photos and video of some of the most charismatic creatures spotted so far on the latest journey of exploration aboard Dr. Robert Ballard’s Nautilus.
There’s nothing between me and complete corporeal implosion but a 3 inch thick dome of plexiglass. What goes through the mind of a submarine pilot two thousand feet below the surface of the ocean? And better yet, what goes past the window?
This rare video published on January 13 shows a deep-sea squid (Gonatus onyx) fighting to eat what appears to be a larger owlfish (Pseudobathylagus milleri). The video was made with the remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts, by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). The squid, also called the clawed armhook squid or black-eyed squid, lives in…
“No wonder our ancestors evolved so long ago limbs that allowed us to escape the water and walk on dry land,” writes Wendy Williams, author of a new book about squid. “I’ll take a lion to a large squid any day.” Learn more about squid and other cephalopods, their astonishing capabilities, and what they have in common with humans.