Screen capture via Life episode preview
Sunday's upcoming episode of Life - the groundbreaking documentary series from the Discovery Channel and the BBC - is all about creatures of the deep. I've always been a fanatic of ocean documentaries, so this one is particularly exciting. And that's because in no small part it emphasizes how little we still know about what lives in the farthest reaches of Earth's ecosystems. Here on TreeHugger, we're constantly hearing about crazy new discoveries from the deep. I dug up a few of my favorites from the last few months, including crabs that eat sunken ships and whales that steal cod from fishing lines. Check out our favorite deep sea stories. Sperm Whales Steal Cod Off Deep Sea Fishing Lines - I loved this video showing how sperm whales manage to delicately remove cod from fishing lines as an easy snack. It's amazing to see how these huge animals are so dexterous.
Shiver Me Timbers! Scientists Discover Deep Sea Crab Feeding on Wooden Shipwrecks - at the bottom of the ocean, any source of food is snapped up. And that includes sunken ships. The wood provides nutrients that deep sea crabs won't pass up. Scientists have also discovered that deep sea fish eat plants as they sink to the bottom of the oceans.
WATCH: Scenes from "Creatures of the Deep" episode - airs Sunday, April 4th at 9 PM.
Photos of Strange Deep Sea Creatures from Marine Census Beyond Sunlight - dumbo octopod with flippers that look like fluttering ears, neocyema which are animals that you can't really tell which is front and which is back, and fish algae bands that are like rat-tails for crustaceans are just a few of the cool discoveries photographed.
Deep Sea Webcam Will Help Monitor Climate Change Effects - the deep sea is a great place to understand how climate change is affecting the oceans, both through warming temperatures and through acidification.
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