Deep Ocean

Difficult to reach, the deep ocean is still very much a mystery and is often explored using remotely operated vehicles or submarines. The deep sea is vast and dark, but many organisms call this area home. 


A photo of a squid using bioluminescence to hide in the deep sea.



You may have seen the sparkle of fireflies on a summer’s night. The fireflies produce light through a chemical reaction in...

Deep Sea Dive

NOAA Ocean Today Every Full Moon takes you on a dive to the depths of the ocean. Using Remote Operating Vehicles (ROVs) scientists can now explore areas of the ocean floor that were once...
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The Gulf of Mexico: A Deep-Sea Treasure Trove of Fishes

A dreamer is not only the term for someone with aspirations and goals, it is also a fun nickname given to deep-sea anglerfish by scientists. In 2015, scientists discovered this species, Lasiognathus dinema. It...
Dr. Robert Ballard with an ROV

Five Questions for Robert Ballard

Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard used Remotely Operated Vehicles like the one pictured above to discover many of the world’s most famous shipwrecks, including the Titanic, the Bismarck, and John F. Kennedy Jr.’s PT 109...

Hydrothermal Vent Creatures

Travel to a world of perpetual night--the deep ocean hydrothermal vents near the Galapagos Rift where life thrives around superheated water spewing from deep inside the Earth. Discovered only in 1977, hydrothermal vents are...

The Dumbo Octopus: An Underwater Dance

This short video takes you two hundred miles off the coast of Oregon and some 6,600 feet below the water's surface to observe the Dumbo octopus ( Grimpoteuthis bathynectes ). Little is known about...