For the past three weeks, we’ve been following an incredible livestream of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, filmed from a submersible operated by researchers aboard the Okeanos Explorer. The expedition, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ended this week. Using the sub’s high-def camera, the scientists captured footage of parts of the ocean floor never before seen by humans, including ancient shipwrecks, unidentified species, and rare geology.
We’ll have much more coverage of this expedition next week, so stay tuned. But in the meantime, enjoy these animated GIFs of deep-ocean creatures that wound up in the sub’s LED beams—many of them likely experiencing bright light for the first time.