The Mysterious Abyss


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Photo credit: Michael Aw


The ocean’s abyss is a virtually undiscovered black, cold landscape with more underwater creatures than the Amazon River or Great Barrier Reef. We know very little about what lives and thrives in these deep sea waters, partly because the abyss is one of the hardest places on the planet to explore.

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Join Emory Kristof, National Geographic explorer and photographer, as he explores the web of marine life thriving 2 miles beneath the ocean’s surface in the Celebes Sea. This region between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines is known for its incredible biodiversity (such as over 3,000 species of fish and 600 species of coral).

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About 200 million years ago, when the planet’s land mass broke apart, deep ocean basins and tall ridges were created in this particular underwater world. With holes as deep as 20,000 feet – sixteen times the height of the Empire State Building – and  jagged land towers, smarter and lighter technology are necessary for successful exploration. 

Tune into this first-ever survey of biodiversity in the Celebes Sea and discover creatures that paddle, swim, float and slither two miles down in Into the Abyss, Tuesday, November 30th at 10 PM et/pt on Nat Geo WILD!