hadal lander deployed by Alan Jamieson and Thomas Linley from the University of Aberdeen provides a rare glimpse at a few of the animals that live in total darkness on the deep seafloor

The action as the science party and Nereus team make final preparations for the mission before leaving Auckland on April 11, 2014. A dip test of Nereus in Auckland Harbor enabled the team to perform an initial check of vehicle systems the night before leaving port. Photo by Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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