Ocean life: expeditions and essays exploring the abyss

Follow recent scientific expeditions exploring volcanic vents on the ocean floor, where hot mineral-rich water nourishes lush colonies of deep-sea creatures, with articles about the search for new species of marine life in previously unseen parts of our planet.
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About Jon Copley

Marine biologist at the University of Southampton, UK, whose research explores the patterns of life at deep-sea volcanic vents around the world. First British person to dive more than 5 km (3.1 miles) deep in the ocean. Also previously a reporter and assistant news editor at New Scientist magazine.

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"Black smokers" and deep-sea creatures of the Dragon Vent Field
Footage from the first ROV dives to the Dragon Vent Field, 2800 metres deep in the SW Indian Ocean, explored during RRS James Cook Voyage 67 in November 2011.

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