Pirate Puffins

Metafilter is walking from San Francisco to Tokyo!


We have walked for 1577.0 hours and are 4731.1 miles into our 5141.6 mile journey.

Animal sightings:

Deep Sea Anglerfish
Tripod Fish
Dumbo Octopus
Cusk Eel
Abyssal grenadier

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Of note today:

Ocean depth at our current location is ~5600m--we have left the bathypelagic zone and are now in the abyssopelagic zone!

Ocean depth
From Wikipedia: "At depths of 4,000 to 6,000 metres (13,000 to 20,000 ft), the abyssopelagic zone zone remains in perpetual darkness. It covers 83% of the total area of the ocean and 60% of the Earth's surface. The abyssal zone has temperatures around 2 to 3 °C (36 to 37 °F) through the large majority of its mass. Due to there being no light, there are no plants producing oxygen."

Animals that may be found in the abyssal zone include:
Anglerfish: They use bioluminescence to lure in prey with a specialized lure on their head.
Tripod fish (Bathypterois grallator): Their habitat is along the ocean floor, usually around 4,720 m below sea level. They face the current while standing still on their long rays. Once they sense food nearby, they use their large pectoral fins to hit the unsuspecting prey towards their mouth.
Dumbo octopus: This octopus usually lives at a depth between 3,000 to 4,000 meters, deeper than any other known octopus. They use the fins on top of their head, which look like flapping ears, to hover over the sea floor looking for food. They use their arms to help change directions or crawl along the seafloor. To combat the intense pressure of the abyssal zone, this octopus species lost its ink sac during evolution. They also use their strand-like structured suction cups to help detect predators, food, and other aspects of their environment.
Cusk eel (Genus Bassozetus): There are no known fish that live at depths greater than the cusk eel. The depth of the cusk eel habitat can be as great as 8,370 meters below sea level.
Abyssal grenadier: This resident of the abyssal zone is known to live at a depth ranging from 800 and 4,000 meters. It has extremely large eyes, but a small mouth.

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Credits:
Puffin image by DavideGorla, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons, pirate-ified by Lemonade.
Maps generated by Lemonade using the Great Circle Mapper -copyright © Karl L. Swartz
Animal sightings based on North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database.
Marine vessel map provided by MarineTraffic.com