Rover Takes Amazing Underwater Photographs in the Depth of Mariana Trench

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The Mariana Trench is the deepest point on Earth and it is not humanly possible to dive down and scout the whole area. So scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are sending down a rover to survey the whole area from the relatively shallow underwater mountain tops to the over 6 miles deep valleys.

The rover is set to be sent into the abyss on 10th July, 2016 but the good news does not end there for all the underwater and sea creatures’ enthusiasts. The host ship is equipped with a high speed internet connection so the whole dive of the rover will be broadcast on the internet via live stream and you can see all that it discovers from the comfort of your home.

A few photos that the rover has taken so far on some of its preliminary dives are nothing short of spectacular. Take a look:

rover underwater 1This amazing little Jellyfish. (Image from oceanexplorergov/YouTube.)

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Deep sea corals like this one. ( Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)

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Breathtaking flower like crinoids. (Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)

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A whole lot of crinoids for that matter. (Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)rover underwater 15

Some uncalled for human intervention. ( Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)rover underwater 14

And again… ( Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)rover underwater 13

And sadly, again. Moral: Don’t throw stuff into the ocean. ( Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)rover underwater 12

This shrimp with unidentified parasite. (Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)rover underwater 11

Acorn Worms… Yikes! ( Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)rover underwater 10

A scene from a Wild West Movie? (Image from the oceanexplorergov/YouTube live-stream, May 3, 2016)rover underwater 9

Some totally freakish predators like this sea squirt or tunicate. ( Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)

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An army of grape sized amoebas. (Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)rover underwater 7

This little fish… (Image from the oceanexplorergov/YouTube live-stream, May 3, 2016)rover underwater 6

And that little fish. Totally aquarium material. (Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)rover underwater 5

Wow what a beautiful reef complete with… Is that a shark? (Image from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas)





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