What does the ocean mean to me?

Hello everyone!

I am going to share with you some pictures from the oceans which are representative for me. My area of expertise is the deep-sea so I am going to focus on that. Next week it will be your turn to tell us what the oceans mean to you!

Although a scientist myself, when I hear the words “deep-sea” I find it hard not to think of the angler fish. Of course, this truly vast environment has much more to display, but the angler fish is nevertheless iconic.

James Cook is a UK research ship going all over the world to study the oceans. Having been there myself as part of my PhD, I feel it is inextricably linked with oceans.

No, it is not a picture from a snowing night. This is the so called “marine snow” and represents the main food source for organisms in the deep-sea. For more info about it see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_snow.

This software-generated image shows that the seafloor is not flat. There are sea mountains, valleys, hills etc. Abyssal hills in particular, are the most common landform on earth! The view from top of one hill must be breathtaking!

One of my PhD’s main focuses is to look at Foraminifera. Xenophyophores (see picture) are associated organisms and cover much of the seafloor at great depths. Truly spectacular organisms, worth knowing.

Keep an eye on the blog over the next for more posts from the facilitators, educators of the course (#UoSFLOceans) and researchers of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

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