Capturing deep-sea life on camera
19 December 2008
British scientists have filmed shoals of fish deeper than ever before. Previously unseen footage and the cutting-edge camera that captured it was on display in the Antenna gallery from 29 to 30 December 2008. Antenna dives in to find out more...
The dark line on the right of this satellite photo is the Japan Trench, where the Oceanlab team made their deepest marine movies.
Snailfish search for tiny shrimp-like creatures to eat by using their vibration sensors in the darkness of the ocean floor.
During their filming over the last few months, at nearly 5 miles down, scientists from Aberdeen University's Oceanlab captured a shoal of ghostly snailfish fighting over food.
Toyo Fujii, deep-sea biologist, Oceanlab.
The camera sits safely inside the strong steel cylinder - it can withstand pressure equal to 1600 elephants standing on the roof of a Mini!
high-pressure chambers. Acrylic plastic deformed too easily, and glass of the right shape and thickness was well out of the team's price range. Surprisingly, it was the precious stone sapphire that made the cut.
Alan Jamieson, marine engineer, Oceanlab.
Deep-dwelling creatures brought back to the surface will be used to piece together a better understanding of deep ocean habitats.