20 deep ocean facts

  • 80m: 405-year-old quahog clam [oldest living non-colonial animal] [1]
  • 132m: deepest freedive (free immersion) [2]
  • 480m: deepest rescue from a submarine [3]
  • 548m: until the 1870s it was thought no life existed below this depth [4]
  • 565m: deepest known dive for any bird (emperor penguin) [5]
  • 828m: Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world
  • 869m: depth of unexploded nuclear H-bomb recovered off Spanish coast in 1966 Palomares. [6]
  • 1,000m-0m: Vertical Migration - the greatest movement of species on Planet Earth [7]
  • 1,020m: deepest combat sub (Soviet Mike class K-278)
  • 2,000m: deepest current bottom trawling [8]
  • 2,500m: discovery in 1977 of chemosynthesis, creating energy through chemical reaction, rather than sunlight [9]
  • 2,992m: deepest known mammal – Cuvier’s beaked whale [10]
  • 3,400m: the deepest oil rig [11]
  • 3,675m: deepest known shark - Portuguese shark
  • 3,862m: RMS Titanic resting place [12]
  • 5,766m: deepest microplastics found to date. [13]
  • 8,145m: deepest fish discovered
  • 8,848m: Mt. Everest height
  • 9,900m: unmanned Nereus research vehicle imploded in 2014
  • 10,994m: Full Ocean Depth, Challenger Deep, Marianas Trench, Pacific Ocean. (3 people have visited, spending a total of less than 3hours, compared to 12 people and 300hours on the moon) [14]


[1] http://news.nationalgeographic... 
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
[3] http://www.jfdefence.com/press...
[4] http://scienceandthesea.org/pr... 29/09/13 
[5] http://animals.nationalgeograp... 
[6] http://www.bbc.com/news/magazi...
[7] http://journals.plos.org/ploso... 22/05/13
[8] https://mcbi.marine-conservati... 
[9] http://www.npr.org/2011/12/05/... 
[10] http://www.bbc.com/earth/story...
[11] http://gcaptain.com/maersk-ven...  01/04/16
[12] http://www.titanicfacts.net/ti...
[13] Dr Lucy Woodall, Nekton Science Manager, Oxford University. 
[14] http://www.whoi.edu/know-your-...