Dinner at >3000m

So great to hear such excitement in the voices of the NOAA researchers!

Whale Fall Actively Devoured by Scavengers at Davidson Seamount

Whale look what we have here! During the final dive of this year’s Nautilus expedition season, our team discovered a whale fall while exploring Davidson Seamount off central California’s coast with researchers from NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The skeletal remains of this relatively recent fall are of a baleen whale estimated to be 4-5 meters long, and the team is working to identify the species. The site exhibits an interesting mid-stage of ecological succession, as both large scavengers like eel pouts and octopus are still stripping the skeleton of blubber, and bone-eating Osedax worms are starting to dissolve the bones. Explore with us LIVE right now: nautiluslive.org

Posted by Nautilus Live on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Eel-tailed catfish

We spotted this eel-tailed catfish (Tandanus tandanus) in Lake Parramatta today. It is native to eastern Australia, also known as dewfish, freshwater catfish, jewfish, or tandan. As you can tell, we were lucky to see much of anything…

Tandanus tandanus in Lake Parramatta

Eel-tailed catfish (tandanus tandanus) checking out the BlueROV2

Posted by Undersearov on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Swimming anemone?

We didn’t know that some anemones can swim! Check out this anemone avoiding a predatory leather star:

Filmed at Sund Rock, Hood Canal, Washington USA. Credit Mike Waymire

Octopus Balloon?

This video was captured by the Hercules ROV at a depth of ~2000m while scientists were exploring Southwest Baker Island in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. AMAZING!

This octopus is believed to belong to the Cirroteuthidae family of cirrate octopuses (different from the Dumbo octopus), and lives in ocean depths where light does not penetrate the cold waters.