28 Feb '17, 9pm

The Most Unexplored Habitat on Earth Is Packed with Pollution

A beer can at 3,780 meters depth near the Mariana Trench NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas In Disney’s latest animated release, titular character Moana and a demigod named Maui dive to the bottom of the ocean to do battle with a giant, David Bowie–channeling crab in a place called the Realm of Monsters. But it’s not just for kicks and a catchy dance number , of course. Maui has lost his magical hook, and of all the places it could be in the deep blue sea, he suspects that the glam-rock crab called Tamatoa has scooped it up. Maui, it seems, is a student of marine biology. Plunge more than 36,000 feet below the waves in the real ocean and you will find almost-foot-long crustaceans called amphipods that scuttle about in search of rotting flesh and anything else that plummets into their lightless lair. While they might lo...

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