The ocean has a way of surprising even the most knowledgeable scientists. Of course, it covers 71% of the planet’s surface and we’ve barely explored any of it, so there’s still that very real shock when they come across a never-before-seen creature from the depths.

One of these passionate researchers is Nathan Robinson, who was on the Research Vessel Point Sur in the Gulf of Mexico when he made a startling discovery. He was responsible for handling the video feed from the deep-sea camera and while he managed it, he found something big — literally.

When Nathan Robinson joined the Journey Into Midnight: Light and Life Below the Twilight Zone project, he knew he was signing himself up to spend 15 days studying the vast Gulf of Mexico. And he couldn’t have been more excited about the opportunity.

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