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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.

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Image Credits

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:

ABCNEWS VideoSource

Seattle Aquarium

Savannah State University
Chip Cotton

Florida State University

Dean Grubbs

Ian MacDonald

Jeff Chanton

Meredith Field

Nico Wienders

NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Department of Commerce

United States Air Force

United States Coast Guard

United States Navy

Special Thanks:

R/V Weatherbird II Crew

Tracy Ippolito

Web Extras

Fish Identification
Deep Sea Snack                                                         
Hagfish Show and Tell
Under Pressure - The Effects of Depth on Styrofoam
Hagfish Dissection
Gulper Shark Reproduction                                   
Deep Sea Fishes in The Gulf of Mexico

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