How Nat Geo Is Filming Creatures of the Deep Like Never Before
by Owen James Burke
Sending divers down to the Abyss is dangerous. Sending pilots down in subs like Alvin is dangerous and expensive. Sending Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to the ocean’s depths can prove to be catastrophically expensive, as was the case with Nereus, which was lost last year.
Now, National Geographic’s remote imaging team is probing the depths using what they call “drop-cams,” capturing images like the one above of a gulper shark, which had never been seen before in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean.
In the video below, mechanical engineer Alan Turchik gives a rundown on the drop-cam after a January 2015 expedition to the Indian Ocean.