The 13th Floor

Live Feed From the Deepest Place on Earth Reveals a World of Living Nightmares

The most remote, least explored location on this planet isn’t some impenetrable forest, an airless mountain peak or the most barren desert… nope, it’s a long, narrow crack in the Earth’s crust over six miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean: a site known as the Mariana Trench.

Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA
Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA

Very few scientific expeditions have explored these incredible depths — mostly because of the resources required to send camera equipment down to a level sunlight never reaches, where the weight of ocean waters exerts a pressure greater than 15,000 pounds per square inch… strong enough to squash your body like a grape.

Because of the inherent difficulties of such a mission, very little is known about the many bizarre creatures which actually live and thrive down there.

Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA
Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA

Still, despite the aforementioned obstacles, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been returning some incredibly detailed — and totally bizarre — images from this alien landscape.

Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA
Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA

These images come from the ongoing 2016 Deepwater Exploration mission, conducted by the crew of NOAA vessel Okeanos Explorer, which employed a deep-sea robot known as Deep Discoverer to set up the first-ever live video stream from the deepest place on Earth.

Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA
Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA

The NOAA invited the public to tune into the feed and report on any unusual life forms they might see passing before Deep Discoverer’s cameras, and as you can tell from the images shown here, what they’ve found so far has been pretty damned creepy.

Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA
Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA

Take a look for yourself and see what toothy, tentacled horrors pop up on your watch:

What, these serpents and glowing alien orbs don’t hit your nightmare button? Well, maybe you just need some audio accompaniment. Try listening to this horrifying sound file recorded recently in the Challenger Deep, the lowest-known crevasse in the Mariana Trench…

If you don’t have time to watch the feed for yourself (or if you’re too scared of what might suddenly be looking back at you), the mission has been archiving images and clips of their latest spooky finds at the NOAA website.

Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA
Image Credit: Ocean Explorer/NOAA
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