The corpse of a rarely seen deep-diving whale was recently discovered on the Australian coast.
Earlier this year, researchers sending robots and cameras down to the deepest depths stumbled upon what they are calling an incredibly rare and "stunning" sighting. A vibrantly purple siphonophore danced for the camera as it made its away just above the ocean floor.
Strange mushroom-like creatures found in the very deep sea off the coast of Australia have finally been named by scientists, despite the fact that they do not fit into any of the known animal groups. Researchers now suggest that this creature may inspire an overhaul of the animal family tree.
In an effort to learn more about the mysterious deep, researchers are taking a closer look at one of its primary predators, deep sea sharks. In a recent study, experts stare into - or rather, at - the eyes of the lanternshark, a bioluminescent shark that stalks waters 200 to 1,000 meters below the ocean's surface.