The Smithsonian posted an article about deep-sea research, using eye-popping photography to make the unreal real.  

The article features the work of scientists with the consortium Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico, or DEEPEND. These researchers are working to improve our understanding of deep-water life and processes since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in habitats near the vicinity where the spill occurred.

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