Even though it seems impossible, live streaming is now available from the cameras that are now taking a look in the Mariana Trench, a spot in the Pacific Ocean near to the Philippines known as the deepest place on Earth with 11 kilometres deep. The area has been protected by the Mariana Trench National Marine Monument since 2009.
Marine life in this part of the planet is quite unknown, until now, that scientists from the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research are now making an effort to discover the secrets of Mariana Trench by sending robotic submarines in order to capture the very essence of the deep ocean.
The Expedition & Findings
The Office of Ocean Exploration and Research has been doing a research in the Mariana Trench since April and it will continue for the next three months. So far, the robotic submarine has reached 6000 metres down the surface of the ocean and the camera has reached an interesting set of living beings. Among them, they have found shrimps that seemed to have some sort of parasite that is still unknown, a black pillow lava, anemones, starfish, sea cucumber and a rare type of glowing jellyfish.
However, the most terrible finding was the evidence of human trash, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
This live streaming technology allows internet users all over the world to catch up in real time the actual location of the Okeanos Explorer and see what the cameras are recording at that exact moment.
The main goal of the mission is to discover sea life in different deep levels on the ocean, as well as mapping corals and creating a catalogue on biological findings. Volcanoes, hydrothermal vents, sea mountains, and other topographical zones are aimed. If this exploration keeps on the track, we could finally begin to understand a deeply mysterious place in our planet.
Here you can watch the live feed from Okeanos Explorer in the Mariana Trench.