A ROBOTIC VEHICLE CAPTURES RARE FOOTAGE OF A GLASS OCTOPUS AND OTHER LIFE WITHIN DEEP SEA CORAL REEFS

The ROV SuBastian (previously) of the Schmidt Ocean Institute ship Falkor explored the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in the Pacific Ocean near Samoa. It took amazing footage of the incredibly diverse deep-sea life that lives in and around the coral reefs, a vast deep sea ecosystem that had not been seen before.

Falkor went to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), in the southern half of the Phoenix Islands Archipelago. He went there with a group of scientists from different fields. The goal was to find and record deep-sea ecosystems of PIPA that had never been seen before. One of these was a beautiful glass octopus that floated in the pitch-black water.

651 meters below the surface at a seamount in the Winslow reef complex on Tokelau Ridge in the Phoenix Islands Archipelago (US EEZ). Dive 433 went on the #PhoenixIslandsCoral expedition. Check out:

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