The Wonders of the Deep, Dark Ocean

The ocean is home to thousands of mysterious, beautiful and magical creatures; many of which we will never have the chance to see for ourselves. Luckily, deep sea explorers have been able to capture stunning images of creatures so rare and unusual looking that you would think that they were dreamt up by an artist. Check out this truly incredible series on Ted Talk: Ocean Wonders and discover a world of magic in the deep, dark sea.

David Gallo Oceanographer

Oceanographer, David Gallo, explains that to date, we have only explored about 3% of the ocean.

David Gallo works to push the bounds of oceanic discovery. Active in undersea exploration (sometimes in partnership with legendary Titanic-hunter Robert Ballard), he was one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of manned submersibles and robots to map the ocean world with unprecedented clarity and detail.

He was a co-expedition leader during an exploration of the RMS Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck, using Russian Mir subs. On behalf of the Woods Hole labs, he appears around the country speaking on ocean and water issues, and leading tours of the deep-ocean submersible Alvin.

“Today we’ve only explored about 3 percent of what’s out there in the ocean. Already we’ve found the world’s highest mountains, the world’s deepest valleys, underwater lakes, underwater waterfalls … . There’s still 97 percent, and either that 97 percent is empty or just full of surprises.”

Wonders of the Ocean

A photographer's strobe gives a violet sheen to this translucent juvenile roundbelly cowfish off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. Also known as the transparent boxfish, the roundbelly cowfish has two short horns in front of its eyes. Image & Text: National Geographic

Watch the video of Gallo discussing the mysteries of the ocean- you'll love it! The examples he gives are just incredible!

Sources: http://www.ted.com/speakers/david_gallo.html, http://www.ted.com/playlists/7/ocean_wonders.html