Mariana Trench – deepsea creatures

The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans, and the lowest elevation of the surface of the Earth’s crust. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands. The Trench is 2, 542 km (1,580 miles) long and 69 km (43 miles) at the widest point.

 

Marianatrenchmap

The Mariana Trench is formed by the shifting between two tectonic plates: the Pacific Plate and the Mariana Plate. The Trench is 11,033 metres (36,201 feet), (6033.5) fathoms deep, with pressure at the deepest part of the Mariana Trench is over 8 imperial tons per square inch – and is home to a rich variety of fellow-creatures who could not imagine the pressure we are under.

Dumbo Octopus (love those walking shoes!)

 

Glowing sucker optopus

More creatures if you leap across the trench – if you don’t mind your night dreams disturbed, your toes recoiling from what swims below…

Unidentified species (what is it?)

 

Blacksnout seasnail

Mertensia Ovum

 

Grimpoteuthis

Himantolophus paucifilosus (football fish)

Ping-pong Tree Sponge

Grumpy Anglerfish

Big Red

Telescope Octopus

Benthocodon

Glowing Sucker Octopus

Scaly Dragonfish

source – Baltimore Deep Sea Collection

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