A British team of researchers has been trying to determine what kind of freaky creatures, if any, inhabit the volcanic underwater vents (often referred to as the block smokers) of the South West Indian Ridge in the Indian Ocean, and let us tell you this – the creatures they have captured are sure to star in Disney’s next horror film.
It’s believed that some of the species may be “new” to science…in other words, these magnificent monsters have never been seen or recorded before in history. In order to capture images of the vent species, an underwater remote-operated robot named Kiel 6000 from the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM Geomar) in Germany was used to record footage. In the hottest regions around the black smokers were snails (though, not the kind that you might know), shrimp, mussels, sea cucumbers and crabs – but these creatures from the Atlantic were not the same ones present in the Indian Ocean vents nor the neighbouring regions. The sea cucumbers noted in the Indian Ocean vents were the same species recognized from the Pacific (not neighbouring Atlantic). The Indian Ocean vent is the size of several football pitches – a large span of area that clearly houses undiscovered species and creatures.
Photos courtesy of David Shale.