Schmidt Ocean Institute

Australia - Colorful Photos Reveal the Secrets of Australia’s Twilight Zone Coral Gardens

In the depths of the ocean off the northwest Australian coast lie vast, mysterious ecosystems.

Until recently, they were completely undocumented by scientists. A team of researchers changed that in mid-April, though, after they boarded an oceanic research vessel known as the R/V Falkor. Equipped with advanced robotic technologies, the boat and its crew set out on an 18-day expedition to explore the uncharted depths. The team returned last week with loads of data to analyze and a trove of photos of these previously unforeseen wonders. Here’s some of what they found.

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