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Saturday, April 11, 2020

April 11, 2020

There are 409,543 named species in the ocean, but the deep sea is home to a vast amount of mysterious creatures that are yet to be discovered. Inspired by marine life, Computer scientist Neal Agarwal has developed a fun website (titled The Deep Sea) that allows users to scroll down to discover the different animals and plant life that live at varying depths of the ocean.

As users move towards the bottom of the ocean floor, they are fed various facts and figures about marine life. Close to the ocean surface, at around 30 meters deep (98 feet), familiar fish such as the Atlantic salmon and the striped bass are seen, alongside the polar bear, who is known to dive to similar depths in order to hunt for food. Scrolling deeper reveals the killer whale at around 100 meters deep (328 feet), and the green sea turtle at around 170 meters (557 feet).
However, if you scroll even further, things start to become a little more interesting. The site marks the deepest depths that any human has ever scuba dived at 332 meters (1,089 feet), and it’s surprising to see that the emperior penguin can dive even lower, at 530 meters (1,738 feet). Once you get to the “Midnight Zone” at 1,024 meters deep (3,360 feet), you’ll meet the many deep-sea creatures that create bioluminescent light, such as the strange anglerfish and the infamous blobfish. One of the most suprising facts the website reveals, is that the giant elephant seal explores depths far below where these deep-sea creatures lurk, with dives that can reach 2,400 meters (7,874 feet) below the sea’s surface.
The Deep Sea website also reveals the resting places of famous shipwrecks, including the Titanic (3,800 meters / 12,467 feet) and the USS Johnston shipwreck that sunk in World War II and is the deepest wreck ever found (6,241 meters / 20,475 feet). And despite the extreme conditions at the lowest trenches of the ocean, there are still small signs of life—and there’s so much more to be discovered!
Check out The Deep Sea for yourself here.

The Deep Sea website allows users to scroll down to discover the different species that live at varying depths of the ocean.

The deeper you go, the weirder it gets!

The Deep Sea: Website

All images via The Deep Sea / Neal Agarwal.