Gary: Hollywood couldn’t create a better script. A deep, dark, underwater world filled with alien like creatures unknown to man. But this isn’t a movie! British scientists have discovered a new world on the sea floor near Antarctica.
Hidden inside the icy cold waters of the ocean here is a secret world where new creatures are able to live because of a pocket of super hot water. Creatures we have never seen before, like this ghost pale octopus. Check him out gliding on the sea floor.
And take a closer look at this: those aren’t white rocks. It is piles of a new species of yeti crab. And what looks like black smoke pumping out is what keeps them alive. They are able to live deep down here far away from the sun because of these structures called hydrothermal vent chimneys. The vents pump out superheated water, up to 720-degrees Fahrenheit, and they also release chemicals like hydrogen sulfide, which is what these creatures use to make their own food.
So how did scientists find this bubble? For the first time ever, they used a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, to explore the east Scotia Ridge deep beneath the southern ocean, almost 13,000 to 16,000 feet deep.
Weird creatures are found at deep sea vents around the world, but no one had ever found hydrothermal vents in Antarctica. Many say because traveling there is so tough. But this discovery has scientists wanting to dig deeper and find out more about this pitch black world that we know very little about that exists without the help of mankind, full of mysteries waiting to be unlocked.
Gary Hamilton, Channel One News.
- What is the definition of hydrothermal?
- Of the deep sea creatures mentioned in this segment, which is the most interesting to you? Why?