Smithsonian Highlights Creatures Stranger than Fiction in the Gulf of Mexico

Argyropelecus aculeatus. (© 2015 DEEPEND/Danté Fenolio)

(Click to enlarge) Argyropelecus aculeatus. (© 2015 DEEPEND/Danté Fenolio)

The Smithsonian posted an article about deep-sea research, using eye-popping photography to make the unreal real.  

The article features the work of scientists with the consortium Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico, or DEEPEND. These researchers are working to improve our understanding of deep-water life and processes since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in habitats near the vicinity where the spill occurred.

Read the Ocean Portal article 15 Creatures in the Gulf of Mexico that are Stranger than Fiction.

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