Dispatches from the Ship

King Midas slitsnail


Diving to 2,600 feet, the team discovers this beautiful snail, and marvels at the stark landscape and unusual creatures.

Technology at Work

This research vessel is no ordinary ship, and a submersible is an engineering feat. Get a close up of the technology behind the science.

Adanson Slitsnail and the Science Behind the Expedition



A glimpse at how science is done. Microorganisms are collected and DNA and some mysterious ooze is extracted.

Impressions of an Expedition

The final dive and the team's personal views on this voyage of discovery.

Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History