Deep-Sea Dialogues

This series examines topics in ocean science with video reports from NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research expeditions and interviews with scientists.


Bioluminescence

October 25, 2021

Bioluminescence, the production of light by living organisms, is an incredible natural phenomenon that occurs in several deep-sea organisms (as well as those on land, although less common). This video interview features PhD candidate Rene Martin, who studies the evolution of deep-sea fishes and the "why" and "how" behind bioluminescence. Video courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration. Download largest version (mp4, 599 MB).

 


Hydrothermal Vents

February 22, 2021

Hydrothermal vents are dynamic, diverse ecosystems that exist in the absence of sunlight. This video features scientific experts who explain the geological processes that form these other-worldly ecosystems and the biological communities that call them home. Video courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration. Download largest version (mp4, 352 MB).

 


Underwater Robots

October 8, 2020

Underwater robots play a big part in deep sea exploration. This video features interviews with experts in underwater robot engineering and operations, providing a window into who builds and operates them, the engineering design process, and what the future of ocean exploration may look like. Video courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration. Download largest version (mp4, 335 MB).

 


Predators

May 29, 2020

Deep-ocean predators come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have limited amounts of available food. Learn more about techniques predators use to catch their prey in this video, which also features a discussion with Dr. Scott France, a marine biologist from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Video courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration. Download largest version (mp4, 559 MB).