The largely unexplored and unknown deep sea is truly the last frontier on Earth. In addition to the commercial and recreational activity that the ocean already supports, its depths may hold the key to finding new fishery resources, the cure for cancer, and an understanding of global climatic change. Greater understanding of the complex web of life will allow us to better understand the impact that human activities have on the ocean and its inhabitants.
For over 150 years, Smithsonian Institution scientists have worked to explore that oceanic frontier. Now, as a Smithsonian scientist, I will explore some of the deep reaches of the Southwestern Pacific, including the haunts of the mysterious giant squid, which has never been seen alive in its natural habitat.