A MINION’s-eye View of Marine Snow

By Kathryn Baltes | March 7, 2019
WHOI Minion float

A MINION’s-eye View of Marine Snow from Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. on Vimeo.

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Round Up the Unusual Suspects: DNA forensics identifies unknown deep-sea organisms

By Kathryn Baltes | February 27, 2019
Annette Govindarajan pipettes twilight zone samples

Annette Govindarajan is a kind of marine detective. She tracks down animals living in different parts of the ocean. For her, the largely unexplored ocean twilight zone—the vast, dimly lit region 650 to 3,280 feet (200 to 1,000 meters) below the surface—still harbors many species yet to be discovered and identified.

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The Deep-See Peers into the Depths: A new vehicle illuminates life hidden in the ocean twilight zone

By Kathryn Baltes | February 26, 2019
WHOI mechanical engineer Kaitlyn Tradd sits on the new towed vehicle Deep-See

In the ocean’s shadowy depths lies one of the Earth’s last frontiers: the ocean twilight zone. It’s a vast swath of water extending throughout the world’s oceans from 650 to 3,280 feet (200 to 1,000 meters) below the surface, and it abounds with life: small but fierce-looking fish, giant glowing jellies, and microscopic animals that feed marine life higher up the ocean’s food web.

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Gothamist: Meet The Freaky ‘Twilight Zone’ Sea Creatures Eating Our Carbon Emissions

By Kathryn Baltes | February 12, 2019

On February 8th, Gothamis published an article about the how the ocean’s twilight zone impacts the carbon cycle with featured photos by WHOI post-doc Paul Caiger.

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The New York Times: Visitors from the Ocean’s Twilight Zone

By Ken Kostel | November 27, 2018
New York Times

On Thanksgiving Day, the New York Times published an online article about the ocean’s twilight zone that featured photos by WHOI post-doc Paul Caiger of just some of the amazing organisms that call the midwater home.

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Twilight Zone at the Microsoft Faculty Research Summit

By Ken Kostel | October 9, 2018
Mark Abbott

WHOI President & Director Mark Abbott attended the 2018 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, Wash., recently and took a moment to discuss application of new technologies and platforms to the design, test, and deployment of ocean observing systems and to improving understanding of the ocean twilight zone.

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Dissecting the Deep-See

By Veronique LaCapra | September 27, 2018

The Deep-See is a new, sensor-filled platform for observing animals in the ocean twilight zone and estimating their biomass (amount) and biodiversity (species or type). The vehicle is towed behind a research ship using an electro-optical cable that can transmit data back to scientists on board in real time. Weighing about 2,500 pounds and extending 16 feet…

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Entering the Twilight Zone at the UN

By Ken Kostel | September 19, 2018

The Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ): The name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. It is, however, quite possibly the best chance for the…

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An Unexpected Honeymoon

By Ken Kostel | September 12, 2018
Muntsa Marti

These last several weeks have been hectic and at the same time very exciting, as they included a wedding (my own, to be precise) and a big move from Barcelona to Falmouth, Massachusetts, where I am now a Postdoctoral Investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). However, I didn’t spend much time in my…

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Video: WHOI’s First Twilight Zone Expedition

By Veronique LaCapra | September 6, 2018

9/6/18 — The ocean twilight zone abounds with life but has remained largely unexplored. A team of researchers led by WHOI acoustic oceanographer Andone Lavery recently returned from the first expedition to explore this fascinating region with fresh “eyes”: a new towed vehicle called the Deep-See.

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In the News

It’s ‘the last frontier on Earth that’s truly not well understood,’ and scientists are about to explore it
The Boston Globe

Why Great White Sharks Hang Out in Warm Whirlpools
National Geographic News

Into the Darkness
Cape Cod Times

Scientists Get Major Gift to Study the Twilight Zone

With $35M grant, WHOI scientists will dive to the edge of ocean's light
Cape Cod Times

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution gets $35m to explore deep reaches
Boston Globe

Deep-sea project wins prestigious funding at Vancouver TED conference
The Globe & Mail

The ocean’s ‘twighlight zone’ faces fishing threat
News Deeply

Study finds high levels of microplastics in mesopelagic fish

The deep seas are alive with light
New York Times

What happens in the sea during a solar eclipse?
Deep Sea News

In disposable mucus houses, these zooplankton filter the oceans
New York Times

The race to fish the larder living in the ‘twilight zone’

Unraveling the mystery of the ocean’s twilight zone

Mysterious ocean blobs aren’t so mysterious
The Atlantic

Fishing the deep. Is it time to start fishing the deep sea? Some scientists are urging caution.
Hakai magazine

Dark region of ocean may shed light on climate change and other issues
New York Times

An ocean mystery in the trillions
New York Times

Fish in the ocean cast new light on ocean ecosystems
The Conversation