Scientists Exploring the Waters off South Carolina Have Made an Incredible Deep-Sea Discovery

  • Published on:  7/8/2019
  • Oceans make up about ¾ of our planet. They also give life to the planet, they sustain every aspect of existence, and they influence our climate. They are even essential for global trade. Even though our oceans have been here well before us, we still don't know much about them. In fact, there is 80 percent of the ocean that still remains unexplored. We have no idea what lies at the deepest parts of the ocean; therefore, a project called Deep Search was stated. It is their goal to find out what lies at the bottom of some of the deepest waters. Scientists exploring the waters off South Carolina have made an incredible deep-sea discovery. In August 2019, the team from Deep Search made one of the most surprising discoveries while searching 150-miles off the South Carolina shoreline. While exploring the area, scientists found a patch of a coral reef that was practically pristine. If you don't know what a coral reef is, it is a sub-aquatic ecosystem that is made up of corals, which are marine invertebrates. The reefs emit calcium carbonate, which becomes a solid, tough substance that can support and protect the coral. They are also known as underwater rainforests, and at least ¼ of the marine life in the water depend on them for food or shelter. Coral reefs are essential to our oceans, and they are at risk. Coral bleaching is the biggest. This occurs when the ocean temperature rises due to climate change. Excessive fishing and acidification also put the coral reefs at risk. Finally, high levels of nitrogen and sunscreen being deposited in our oceans are dangers for the coral reefs. Over the years, the coral reefs on our planet have been in decline. Because of this, marine life in some areas has completely died out. This is a group who focuses on sub-aquatic exploration, and they were the team who manned the Deep Search. It is their goal to learn as much as possible about our oceans. In August 2018, the scientists working on the mission left Woods Hole, Massachusetts onboard the Okeanos. They got to see deep within the ocean using a tool called Alvin. It is a submersible that can carry humans to very deep areas. Erik Cordes was one of the team members. It was about 2,500-feet under the water, where they found the unseen reef. It stretched about 85 linear miles, possibly more. Erik says that the reef was incredible due to the amount of Lophelia pertusa. Erik and his team spent the summer of 2018 studying the reef. There were previous generations of coral, and new organisms were thriving there. It appeared that it had been there for hundreds of thousands of years. Sandra Brooke, a coral ecologist from Florida State University, was also impressed with the reef, and she called it incredible. The discovery of the reef came at a very critical time because, at the same time, President Trump announced that he would be expanding offshore drilling in the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans. The plan was to put 9/10 of the coastal U.S. waters under federal jurisdiction. Erik and his team knew that this would be a big mistake and harmful for our underwater ecosystem. He knows that this type of drilling can be disastrous.Erik and his team have no intention of stopping the study now. It is their goal to study the reefs to find out more about the communities of creatures that are living there. Much of the team's findings have been posted on YouTube. What the researchers found especially shocking was that large fish, like the swordfish, were swimming by the reef. They were coming down to the area specifically to interact with these habitats. This is unusual behavior. Erik says that the ultimate goal of the study is to learn as much about the reefs and inform management agencies. They need these people to understand that human contact in these areas need to be limited if they are going to remain in pristine condition. Erik says that each time they go down deep into the water, there is a feeling of excitement within the researchers. They know that there is more to be discovered and more that we don't know about the Earth's oceans. Erik is positive that the planned offshore drilling and human contact will destroy the coral reefs that the sea life depends so significantly on for survival. You can only hope the powers-that-be will listen and stop what they have planned. Greed is one thing; saving our oceans is another. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Subscribe to Facts Verse: Social Media:Facebook: more videos and articles visit:


  • ML Giggleman
    ML Giggleman 1 months ago+17

    This happened in August of 2019??????? That's what it says at .46. A story from the future.

  • Deana Tolbert
    Deana Tolbert 1 months ago+8

    I wish you would stop showing pictures of people throughout each episode that has nothing to do with the actual story. Tired of seeing the same pictures/fillers.

  • David Jason Milligan
    David Jason Milligan 1 months ago+14

    Wait, this mf said Aug 2019. This must be the future considering its July. now finish the video.

  • Zachary Laid Finding Freedom

    This happened in Aug 2019.... I think it just got uploaded early lol

  • r/Reddit vs Karen
    r/Reddit vs Karen 1 months ago+16

    Stealing my neighbor's wifi to watch this.
    Life is good 😂

  • Tony Manutd
    Tony Manutd 1 months ago+9

    How did they make the discovery in August 2019 when it's clearly July 2019 👀👀

  • katrina broster
    katrina broster 1 months ago+5

    I think he meant 2018 as he mentions it again about half way

  • Pat Paquette
    Pat Paquette 1 months ago+4

    Many of the coral reefs have been destroyed. There have also been mass ocean life die offs. Earth is in trouble, and so is all life on the planet right now

  • MyWasteOfTime
    MyWasteOfTime 1 months ago+3

    I was with you until you started throwing in the political agendas :(

  • Zachary Laid Finding Freedom

    We've barely touched what is in the ocean, for all we know there could be an underwater world.

  • dennis jamieson
    dennis jamieson 1 months ago+7

    August of 2019 hasn’t arrived yet. Did he have a vision of the future.

  • Kimbler Lewis
    Kimbler Lewis 1 months ago+1

    Time, space & reality all dimensional...It's a Great Day off the coast of South Carolina

  • Daniel Rusanowsky
    Daniel Rusanowsky 1 months ago+1

    You are particularly untrue get your facts straight,I was an enviromentalist till politics pushed the naritive to lie to us for New World Order agenda.I'm a seer.Go and believe it,most of us know,good luck.

  • TrueSolunar
    TrueSolunar 1 months ago+1

    Video synopsis is in the description...

  • NRALifer1
    NRALifer1 1 months ago

    Not gonna repeat what so many have brought to light...Ah Ha 2018 There ya go!

  • BighomieJ5x -
    BighomieJ5x - 1 months ago

    Since they discovered this in August can u slide me the Powerball numbers for the next 2 weeks , we can split the winnings 50/50 im a honest man.😁😁

  • Frank Lopez
    Frank Lopez 1 months ago

    "In August 2019..."
    Are you sure?? Date today is July 9, 2019. 😂
    You are far advance.

  • Issy D
    Issy D 1 months ago

    Facts Verse commenter in the future: in august of 2019

  • Tim Brown
    Tim Brown 1 months ago+2

    "in August of 2019" neat trick

  • Agonizer
    Agonizer 1 months ago+1

    SC gang where you at?