Sperm whale checks out ROV in deep ocean

Sperm whale checks out ROV in deep ocean

Thu, 16/04/2015 - 18:32
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Oceanographers were exploring the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico when a sperm whale decided to investigate <i>their</i> remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) 1,962 feet below the surface of the ocean.

Oceanographer Robert Ballard and his team were exploring the Gulf of Mexico for E/V Nautilus, an expedition to map the Galapagos Rift and gain a better understanding of how life develops around hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor. While looking through the eyes of ROV Hercules, they received a major surprise. The uploaded video captured this unique deep-sea encounter:


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