The Deepest Dive in Antarctica Reveals a Sea Floor Teeming With Life


In a way, we’ve come to the ends of the Earth. It’s only a little bit more over a century that people were pushing across the Antarctic on land and exploring it, but the deep ocean around Antarctica is just as blank to us now as it was 200 years ago. We have the technology to reach into the ocean depths. It’s such a mix of emotions— it is exciting, it is thrilling, and yet, it’s also slightly terrifying. You’re not quite sure what the outcome is going to be, but if you reach into the unknown, you are gonna come back with something that you didn’t have before. No one has previously dived 2,000 meters in Antarctica. It’s a huge opportunity to be involved in this kind of exploration. You’re just seeing the world with fresh eyes for the first time. RADIO: Control, control, Deep Rover. My depth: 1,000 meters. Oh, we’re really seeing some krill now. They’re starting to come in. Krill are one of the most important parts of the ecosystem here. They are food for so many of the inhabitants here, and they’re so numerous they really dominate the oceans around here. These particles we’ve seen raining down are marine snow. Iit’s organic material that’s sinking to the seabed and it’s food here. It’s thicker than I’ve ever seen it anywhere else in the world’s oceans. That’s beautiful. It’s incredibly rich marine life we’re seeing here, It’s a sort of a living carpet. Just on one rock, I counted more than a dozen species, just by eye. That oxygen-rich water that’s sinking past us is really giving us this lush, living landscape. Look at that ice fish just ahead. Oh, nice one. Nice one… Nadir, Rover. We’ve got a big “death star” over here… One of the animals that’s amazed us, we’ve nicknamed the “death star.” It’s an Antarctic Sun sea star. It’s got up to 50 arms, and the tops of the arms are covered with tiny little pincers that immediately snap shut when anything brushes past them. There aren’t many fish predators that can cope with the cold conditions here, so it can wave its fishing rod arms about and they don’t get bitten off. It’s actually like traveling back in time. It’s the invertebrates, it’s the animals without backbones that dominate and dominate as predators, and that’s how the oceans were more than 250 million years ago. What we’re doing right now is exploration in its purest sense. We are seeing parts of our planet no one has seen before, that no one has ever visited before. If we all share in the exploration of our planet, then we will appreciate it. We’ll all feel involved in its stewardship for the future.

100 thoughts on “The Deepest Dive in Antarctica Reveals a Sea Floor Teeming With Life

  1. …teeming with life, not knowing what has been lost but only what has been given. A grateful universe

  2. Clean planet until retarded humans starting to polute it on a global level – the Earth belongs to animals,not "humans".

  3. Amazing but when u sad they dominated oceans 250 million years ago that’s not true they dominated it in 534 million years ago

  4. This is history! Keep exploring I which there would be a BIG team to explore the sea like nasa but on the sea

  5. Amazing how many people in the comments section can't even write about the topic of the video – just regurgitating the propaganda that they've had crammed down their throats.

  6. "Teeming with life never before seen by humans before"

    Let's keep it that way and leave them the f#$* alone. Discovered species that are endangered or extinct humans had to intervene and change their fate.

  7. This video should have 5 billion views. Every human being should have an opportunity and interest to see this. Saving our planet is of the utmost importance.

  8. Can you just make an actual damn video on the bottom of the Antartic sea and not some pseudo inspirational hispter garbage showing some doe eyed brit over and over to some dumb music?

  9. If this was a swimming pool they would have only grazed the first step leading to the shallow end 😀 (compared to the rest of the ocean) crazy

  10. This Million years is leading no where our calenders shud read as 2,000.000 19 and not just 2019 and this earth shud hv bones to that extend

  11. This is either fake or it's something going on there that we don't know about…. You cant even book a flight to Antarctica who gave y'all authorization

  12. cousteau took similar footage 20 years ago, old humans were far ahead with little technology, at least explore antartica fully by foot make it from one shore to the other if you know what i mean but no one did it with proof

  13. Deep 2000' down under. Wants to protect wildlife.

    Then go back to his suburban 5 bedrooms to drive his hummer.

  14. We are nature, we don’t understand ourselves. We don’t know how to take care of ourselves. Nature will destroy nature. Live with it, it’s inevitable.

  15. Okay I don't understand how come you wouldn't think there would be life there's life all over this planet why would you think that

  16. If you really think about how much there is in the world, 99.9999999999999999999% of informationin the world we don’t even know

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