Episode 503: Creatures of the Deep
In the cold, deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, little-known animals spend their entire lives in near darkness, far removed from our human world. Until now, little research has been conducted on these creatures of the deep, keeping much of their lives a mystery.
Then, in April of 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, setting off the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Roughly 4.9 million barrels of crude oil gushed out of the well at a depth of five thousand feet. In the disaster’s aftermath, many questions arose about what lives in the deep waters of the Gulf, and how these animals may have been impacted by the oil. To answer these questions, scientists from the Deep-C Consortium’s ecology team conduct regular research trips in the area.
Meet the experts featured in this episode.
Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:
Savannah State University
Florida State University
NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Department of Commerce
United States Air Force
United States Coast Guard
United States Navy
R/V Weatherbird II Crew