Recently, an international team of scientists went on the world’s first survey to explore marine biodiversity in the abyssal waters off the east coast of Australia. The abyssal zone is a layer of the ocean at depths of 13,000 to 20,000 ft (4,000 to 6,000 metres).
The temperature there is around 36 to 37 °F (2-3 °C) and it’s a very food-limited environment. Sending their equipment nearly 16,000 foot deep, they hauled over 100 different species aboard their vessel, the Investigator. Find out more!