There is one very deep place on our planet.
It is called the Mariana Trench
You’ve probably already heard something about it before, haven’t you?
As we were all taught in school, Everest is the highest place on earth.
And perhaps you learned that the Mariana Trench is the deepest.
And that is probably all you learned–the average person’s education ends there.
If you’re given a larger account of the how and why of this mysteries of this,
you cannot imagine what secrets this place hides
and how strange are the creatures that live there.
This deep furrow in the earth is in the west of the Pacific Ocean
near the Mariana Islands from which its name was taken.
The Mariana Trench is a huge V-shaped trough, 1,500 kilometers long
and more than 11,000 meters deep.
Something is tall as Everest could easily be dropped into
this vast and near bottomless channel.
while still leaving more than a kilometer of water to the surface.
And now about the inhabitants.
多年以来 人们相信这里空无一物 因此
For ages, it was believed that emptiness reigned and life there apriori
was impossible in such a remote and monstrously deep place.
The Soviet ship Vityaz proved otherwise in 1958.
Scientists discovered life at a depth of 7,000 meters.
More and more evidence was revealedthat the inhabitants of the Mariana Trench
existed not only in huge numbers,
but also that time and the eon had not affected them in the least.
In addition to all kinds of bacteria, invertebrates and mollusks,
there are enormous unidentified creatures to this day.
These are real monsters.
在1960年 瑞士研究员Jacques Piccard
1960 Jacques Piccard, a Swiss researcher
was the first to attempt an expedition to the bottom of the gargantuan gorge.
Jacques and his partner with the help of the deep water bathyscaphe Trieste
reached the lowest point of the world ocean,
the so-called challenger’s abyss,
almost 11,000 meters below sea level.
These two brave men stayed there for no more than 20 minutes.
but they saw enough to say there is life on the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
The discovery was a worldwide sensation.
It’s 1,100 times higher than our normal sea level atmosphere,
approximately 3 tons per square centimeter.
Even iron bends under such monumental forces.
But the local fish somehow feel nothing.
Huge clams and strange subspecies of fish unknown to science
bizarrely thrive in such conditions.
But the discovery of life at a depth of 11,000 meters
is not the only thing that made this dive famous or should we say infamous.
Many years later the records of Jacques Piccard’s logbook were declassified.
The blood runs cold in the veins at the information found therein.
The researcher records a terrifying event about halfway to the bottom of the abyss.
Quote: “A large disc-shaped object is accompanying our bathyscaphe
and is visible through the porthole.
The object is maneuvering and clearly looking at us.
The object was seen clearly. There was no mistake.
Unfortunately or perhaps to the joy of our adventures,
the object disappeared from view after a few minutes.
Who or what it was is still unknown.
Our lack of knowledge about the nature of this phenomenon
suggests that it may indeed perhaps
be a creature from an unknown underwater civilization
or maybe some descendant of some more ancient intelligent beast.
Speaking of ancient creatures,
the crew of the American ship Glomar Challenger
carefully studied the bottom of the yawning crushing concavity
lowering the nine-meter ball-shaped device called the Hedgehog into the depths.
Suddenly the computer began recording the strangest sounds.
The cables holding the probe stretched
and stretched and stretched almost to the breaking.
The researchers rushed to bring the device back to the surface
to find out the reason for these strange happenings.
They attempted to reel it in,
but the Hedgehog wouldn’t budge.
There in the depth,
something held fast to the device and wouldn’t let it go.
Finally, after three hours of fighting,
their machines could at last raise the probe.
The unknown force had released it.
And then as the probe was pulled from the sea,
a terrible sight was revealed to the scientists.
The probe looked as if it had been in the jaws of an underwater monster.
There were bite marks on the plating
and some of the steel cables had been torn off.
What kind of creature could have done this?
The incident caused quite a bit of consternation.
The condition of the cables and platform was simply astounding.
To contain this wave of fear,
as all the team members were extraordinarily frightened,
the official version of the incident was
that the platform got stuck on a rock which is what caused the damage.
But the crew knew that there was something huge and enormously powerful
there at a depth of 11 kilometers.
According to the official version,
everything was the same as previously discovered.
The bottom of the Mariana Trench is covered with various mountains.
But the precise area where the studies were conducted was barren.
There was not a single rock.
There was nothing for the probe to get caught on.
If that were so, the onboard instruments would have alerted them to a collision,
but that did not happen.
And apart from the terrible damage,
there were still those horrible heart-rending sounds
which no one has ever explained.
Later, biologists suggested another more sensational version of the incident.
After systematically reviewing all of the long-term reports from the researchers,
their verdict, that a giant relic,
the monster megalodon damaged the cables and platform.
This huge prehistoric shark
which weighed 50 tons and was 22 meters in length
is a long extinct ancestor of modern sharks.
It was believed that they disappeared more than a million and a half years ago.
But if the report is correct,
then megalodon did not depart this world after all,
but found shelter in the depth of the Mariana Trench.
This idea did not come out of nowhere.
The scientists had discovered a giant tooth,
the size of a man’s hand.
A thorough study confirmed the tooth did indeed belong to the ancient creature— megalodon.
Some years later a Japanese dry cargo ship
which passed over the storied trench
received a severe blow to its side
which literally made the ship jump in the water.
At the same time, the water surface was absolutely calm.
There were no reefs or other obstacles nearby.
The crew of another vessel traversing the Marianas,
the Federico Padre saw in the distance
a huge column of water jet into the sky,
expelled perhaps by some beast.
Just imagine the horror the sailors must have experienced.
And here is the most recent example.
Scientists during a recent expedition discovered an unusual jellyfish
which now and then looks something like an alien from another planet.
The body of the jellyfish with its long tentacles glows red and yellow.
Scientists have captured it on video.
The creature belongs to the jellyfish genus Crossota,
and has two sets of tentacles.
The tentacles as we can see extend
eerily elongating while the body remains motionless.
This behavior indicates that she hunts for her prey,
luring them into an ambush.
This bizarre creature was discovered in a mysterious
and little-known area of the Mariana Trench,
called the Submarine Peak of the Enigma
at a depth of about 3,700 meters.
Perhaps we’ve been looking for aliens in all the wrong places.
While we look to the sky and peer far into the heavens and some distant planet,
they are right under us.
They are closer than we think.
Whatever the creatures are,
strangely the ocean is now studied even less than outer space.
And hence, in the future we can expect many more fantastic discoveries
and we will be here to tell you all about them.