When you realize you don't know what day it is for the sixth (or seventh?) time this week. 😳🙃
In addition to their large eyes adapted to detect bioluminescent prey, rattails (Macrouridae) can also sense a variety of other food sources using sensory structures on their heads. They communicate with a swim bladder which makes a drumming sound. Although little is known about this deepwater, long-lived species, we do know that they grow very slowly and may not reproduce until they are 30 or 40 years old.
When you think you're about to find something exciting, but it ends up being a big pile of trash. 😐 👎🏼
Earlier this month, MBARI's Benthic Ecology Group was exploring the deep-sea coral and sponge communities at Sur Ridge, a seamount about 60 kilometers (40 miles) off the coast of Monterey which rises to within 800-1,400 meters (2,600-4,600 feet) of the sea surface. While diving in the southwest section of Davidson Seamount, starting at 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) deep—one of the deepest areas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary—the cameras of the remotely operated vehicle caught sight of something in the distance. Yes, even at this remote location, the researchers observed the impact of humans—a small pile of assorted metal objects.
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.