The oceans's deepest point is Challenger Deep, a chasm almost 11,000m below the surface. Few fish species can stand this dark, hostile environment - but scientists have identified one that flourishes.
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The depths of the ocean are festooned with the most nightmarish creatures imaginable. You might think you're safe, because these critters live thousands of metres down in a cold dark abyss, but the vampire squid, which looks like a nightmare umbrella, and the frilled shark -- a literal living fossil -- will live on in the recesses of your mind long after you've clicked away. Enjoy these deep sea horrors and try to have a relaxing day afterwards.
In 2009, Kerry McPhail descended Jacques Cousteau-style towards the Axial Volcano, inside the cramped, 30-year-old little submarine DSV Alvin, with a pilot and another scientist. Four hundred and eighty kilometres off the coast of Oregon, they were collecting tubeworms, bacterial mats and bivalves living near a deep sea volcanic vent. These samples could potentially yield new pharmaceutical compounds -- and in turn, new chemical cures and desperately needed antibiotics that are yet undiscovered.