The TV series Planet Earth and Planet Earth II have provided us with some of the most jaw-dropping nature footage ever captured.
For BBC America’s Planet Earth: Blue Planet II series, the folks at Alucia Productions powered by OceanX, working with cutting edge submersible technology, were able to survey ocean waters that have never been explored before.
They took submersibles down to an area about 1,000 meters, or 3,280 feet, below Antarctica’s sea ice, in the Southern Ocean.
What they found was an ocean floor teeming with life, rivaling the biological diversity of tropical coral reefs.
Mark “Buck” Taylor, submersible team leader on the M/V Alucia, who went on many of the historic dives, said the submersibles are capable of diving down to about 3,200 feet.