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Into the Deep Unknown with deep sea biologist Diva Amon

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In the summer of 2017, a team of scientists led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ventured a thousand kilometers off the coast of Brazil to explore the seafloor around a little-known cluster of islets called St. Paul’s Rocks. One of those scientists, Diva Amon, a deep-sea biologist from the Natural History Museum of London, describes what it’s like to venture into a dark, unknown world 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) below the surfaceβ€”and why this type of research is key to understanding and protecting our oceans.

Travel down Into the Deep Unknown aboard the M/V Alucia research vessel in this bioGraphic video by Novus Select, then learn more in bioGraphic’s corresponding article: Life on the Rocks.

While the deep ocean below 200 meters (650 feet) represents 70 percent of the habitable space of the planet, Amon tells me that less than 1 percent of it has been explored. The largest animal communities and the majority of biomass on the planet live there. And the threats they face are many. Pollution, trawl-fishing, mining, and climate change all put this environment and the estimated 750,000 undiscovered species down there at risk.

β€œWe could be destroying the deep ocean habitat, and its inhabitants, before we even know what’s there,” says Amon. β€œI think it’s imperative to document it all while we still can.”

PODCAST ALERT from Vermont Public Radio’s But Why? podcast for curious kids: How Deep Is The Ocean?.

Previously on the Alucia: 1000m beneath the Antarctic ice, where no human has gone before. Plus: Discovering A Second Species of Giant Manta Ray, Dr. Sylvia Earle, world-renowned oceanographer and explorer, and When Your Job Is Saving The Ocean.


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