Deep Sea News

Peter Etnoyer

Welker Seamount peaks around 700m depth in the Northeast Pacific. Pillow lava is pictured here at 2700m depth, indicating an eruption on the seamount flank. The base is ~3500m. Gorgonians have settled nearby. Unidentified hexactinellid sponges with crabs and anemones are part of the habitat. This one below is relatively large. The lasers are set…

One of the best things about hot days in the summertime is you get to sit around watching movies all day. ScienCentral is offering exclusive footage and interviews from the upcoming IMAX 3D production “Under the Sea 3D” featuring cinematography’s sweethearts Michelle and Howard Hall talking about what it’s like to work in 50 feet…

Think of an aquatic habitat as far away from the deep-sea as you can get without coming up on land, and we will find a connection to the deep-sea. River rock = settlement substrate. Kelp forest = urchin food. Beaches = spawning grounds for tuna food. Mangroves = seafood … food. Bumper stickers in the…

Lifeguards in the Mediterranean have a new problem, and they have overfishing, pollution, and global warming to thank for it. Stinging jellyfish invaded beaches off Barcelona a few weeks ago injuring 300 people and sending 11 to the hospital, reports the New York Times. Now patrol boats skim the water with nets and lifeguards post…

Mozambique’s ocean ambassadors

If you have been following the story of Andrea Marshall and the manta rays off Mozambique you may notice she responded to questions in the comments section yesterday to tell us she’s working with elasmobranch expert Leonard Compagno to sort through “10 generic and 25 species synonyms, mostly without type specimens” in order to figure…

West Coast politics are hot. Senator Ted Stevens of the four seas of Alaska (Chukchi, Bering, Beaufort, and the Pacific) was indicted for false statements while the Governators of California, Oregon and Washington launched a historic action plan to address challenging ocean and coastal management issues along the Pacific Coast of the United States. From…

When Andrea Marshall began studying the manta rays of Mozambique for her dissertation five years ago, she never expected to discover a new species, let alone a globally cosmopolitan, highly migratory ocean wanderer. She was “awestruck by their beauty,” studied the rays, and then gradually noticed subtle differences between them. Species can be cryptic; hard…

Deep Sea News’ Friday edition has a new mission – to “restore” small black and white figures from obscure scientific journals to their original color, hoping to give these images a new life and audience online. The paper’s citation will be included. Please contact us if you have something to share. The image of Phakellia…

This is an exterior shot of the submersible that collected and photographed the Phakellia sp. sponge from 170 m depth off Florida in the Friday deep-sea picture above. The video was lifted from the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration webpage for the Johnson Sea-link submersible. Go there to learn more.

In an alarming trend, the practice of “dynamite” or “bomb” fishing has spread recently to Central America. Reports are coming in that hawksbill turtles are being blasted to death by explosive fishermen working in the Biosphere Reserve of the Bahia de Jiquilisco, El Salvador. At least seven turtles have been found dead, according to Michael…