STRANGEST Things Found at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

By : Talltanic - 2 months ago
The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans, with depths reaching close to 36,000 feet. The deepest part of the Mariana Trench is called the Challenger Deep. If you had to take Mount Everest and turn it upside down into the Mariana Trench, the tallest part of Everest would be shy of the bottom by 7,000-feet! It’s not until fairly recently that we’ve been able to learn about what lies at those insane depths.

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8 - Rat-Tail fish…
These fish, also known as grenadiers, are one of the oldest fish families in the ocean! Strangely, they’re closely related to the cod, these fish are not only found in shallower waters, but many habitat the deep waters of the Mariana Trench. They have a remarkable sense of smell and eat other small fish and crustaceans. They’re slow moving fish and generally conserve their energy for the hunt.

7 - Deep-sea hatchetfish…
No guesses as to why this deep-sea fish is called a hatchet fish, and a number of these guys have been spotted in the Mariana Trench. There are more than 40 different species of this fish, and they generally all grow to around 6-inches. They sport bioluminescent bodies and depending on how much light is filtering from above, they can alter the amount of light their bodies give off. The dimmer the light they give off, the less chance they have of producing a silhouette, making it more of a challenge for predators to spot them.

6 - Ooze…
There’s no better word to describe what you would most likely be standing on if you were to ever make yourself to the very bottom of the Mariana Trench. Don’t think you’re going to be exposed to lovely sand like you find on the beach, but rather a disgusting ooze that has trickled through the depths and settled at the bottom. Everything from crushed shells to the corpses of plankton, have made their way to the bottom. The sludge would be grayish-yellow, fine and almost silky in texture. You have to wonder what it would smell like if it ever did make its way to the surface.

5 - Protists…
We mentioned earlier that the deepest part of the Mariana Trench is called the Challenger Deep, and it’s just under 36,000-feet. There you will find a life-form called a protist. They’re not animals, but rather single-celled organism that are believed to be some of the very first forms of life here on Earth.

4 - Frilled sharks…
This crazy looking shark has said to be around for 80 million years, and little has changed in its appearance. The shark has 6 rows of frilly gills which can reach up to 6-feet long. The shark also has over 20 rows of sharp teeth that will do severe damage to anything that dares cross its path. Luckily, they prefer the bottom of the ocean, and although one has been caught on the odd occasion, they don’t survive making it impossible to study them.

3 - A monument…
Ok, not in the way that you’re thinking… but when George W Bush was still in power, he signed a document that designated the Mariana Trench as a national monument. So, although you can’t get down there now and buy your souvenirs, perhaps it’s only a matter of time until you can. Now that it’s a national monument, fishing and mining in the trenches are strictly forbidden. You can swim though, although I’m not sure you’d want to considering what’s hidden in those waters.

2 - Telescope octopus…
These bizarre looking deep-sea dwellers don’t flit across the ocean floor like regular octopi, but rather drift through the waters at around 6,500-feet. They also don’t swim horizontally, but suspend themselves vertically, possibly to distract predators. The telescope octopus is almost see-through, and there’s a delicate webbing between it’s tentacles, giving it a ghostly shape. And the cherry on the cake? Two protruding eyeballs providing the octopus with ultra-wide peripheral vision so it can see predators and prey and helping it make its way through the murky, dark depths.


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STRANGEST Things Found at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench