Hakuho-Maru deep-sea expedition vessel. (c) Bahnfrend, CC-by-SA 4.

Deep-sea expedition in Japan and Kamchatka

Four SOSA/Senckenberg researchers were invited by AORI (Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute) colleagues to participate in the recent Hakuho-Maru deep-sea expedition. The Japanese vessel spent 3 weeks exploring both the Japan and Kuril-Kamchatka trenches on the east coast of Japan. Researchers collected samples to learn more about the new and existing deep-sea species in these trench ecosystems.

Scroll through our gallery to see what they’ve found, including multiple animals that are newly discoverd and currently unnamed!