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Today being the solstice & anniversary of HMS Challenger setting out on her voyage of ocean exploration in 1872, it's a good day to reflect on some of the deep-sea discoveries of 2018.

Here are three that show how there are still surprises out there for us... (thread/)
2018 deep-sea surprise 1: deep-sea skates may use the warm waters of hydrothermal vents to incubate their egg cases, revealed in a research paper published in February, from exploration at >1.6 km deep in the Galapagos Marine Reserve… (2/6)
2018 deep-sea surprise 2: tantalising evidence that some whales might dive much deeper than thought, from seafloor marks discovered at >4 km deep in the Pacific, analysed in a paper published in August by @Leigh_Marsh @VeerleHuvenne @DanielOBJones… (3/6)
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