Mariana Trench Live Stream Reveals Some Seriously Gnarly Creatures

Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures Discovered at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

On April 20, NOAA scientists working on the Okeanos Explorer dispatched their prized Deep Discoverer robot to scour the floor of the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot on the surface of the Earth. Little is known about the ecology of this 11km crevice -- in fact, it's often said that we know more about the surface of Mars.

Now, NOAA is revealing the secrets of the Mariana Trench to the voyeurs of the internet, by live streaming the footage collected on Deep Discoverer's three cameras. For best effect, we suggest viewing the stream along with these recent audio recordings from the Mariana Trench, which are best described as a cacophonous blend of frenzied screeches and otherworldly moaning.

If you can't quite handle that right now, updates from each dive, as well as photos and videos, are being posted regularly on NOAA's website.

The 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas, which will continue until July 10, has already revealed a slew of fascinating, bizarre, and in some cases downright disturbing life forms. (That mess of mutated wires pictured up top? A rare, gorgonocephalid basket star.) We've collected a few of our favourite critters below.

Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures Discovered at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

A deep-sea holothurian or sea cucumber, swimming at Fina Nagu Caldera D.

Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures Discovered at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

A beautiful, stalked crinoid.

Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures Discovered at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

A Chimaera ghost shark, spotted at Northwest Guam Seamount.

Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures Discovered at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

A Chimaera ghost shark, spotted at Northwest Guam Seamount.

Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures Discovered at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

A blind deep-sea lobster, spotted at Northwest Guam Seamount.

Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures Discovered at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

A blind deep-sea lobster, spotted at Northwest Guam Seamount.

Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures Discovered at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

A gorgonocephalid basket stars, a relative of the brittle star.

Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures Discovered at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

Zoomed-out view of a rare aggregation of basket stars.

Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures Discovered at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

A hydromedusa jellyfish, spotted near "Enigma Seamount" at a depth of 3,700 meters.

All Images: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.