Saturday, July 13, 2024

What’s At the Bottom of the Ocean?


The recent news about OceanGate’s Titan tragedy has only made people wonder more about what we do and don’t know about the depths of the ocean.

As people try to wrap their heads around this recent tragedy, it’s also important to focus on how to pass down knowledge so that folks can stay safe while exploring the ocean and have confidence in the excursions that they choose to embark.

Consequently, the folks at have recently released a resource webpage on “Exploring the Ocean Depths.”

The webpage has info on:

  • High-level data and facts about the ocean layers and zone levels
  • An overview of animals that inhabit the ocean per depth level and the ocean excursions that can be enjoyed per meters below
  • Statistics around some of the world’s most infamous shipwrecks and deep-sea disasters as well as where they can currently be found.

Why did they do this research, though?

“Delving into the depths of the ocean is an essential process. Yes, it’s an expression of natural human curiosity and the lure of adventure and venturing beyond known territory, very similar to some of the inspiration for space exploration.

“But it’s also a critical scientific endeavor that helps illuminate the least-known, yet vastest environment on our planet’s surface, one that’s linked through a number of geophysical processes to our terrestrial realm and one that helps sustain all life on Earth.

“It’s imperative to learn more about how the deep ocean works—let alone its basic layout, which is still poorly understood—so we can better understand its significance to the biosphere, and so that we can learn how to respect the ocean safely as we visit these beach-heavy destinations.”

Check out the research at

Exploring the Depths: Notable Sea Disasters (Image credit:
Exploring the Depths: Notable Sea Disasters (Image credit:
John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.