Quote:Earlier this month, a three-crew submarine dove to Cook seamount, a 13,000-foot-tall extinct volcano off the coast of Hawaii that had never been visited by humans. They discovered dazzling geologic features and a rich array of marine life—including a rare and adorably dopey octopus, and some beautiful purple corals that may be new species.Read more https://gizmodo.com/a-newly-explored-und...1786712235
Seamounts, towering volcanoes submerged thousands of feet of below the surface, are considered undersea jungles, their nutrient-rich waters supporting a panoply of fish and marine invertebrates. They’re also some of the most poorly-explored habitats on the planet—of the estimated 10,000 peppering our oceans, humans have only visited a few dozen. That’s why, on September 6th, Conservation International led an expedition to Cook, whose summit lies 3,000 feet down in total darkness.
The trip did not disappoint.
Much of the planet still unexplored.