Thousands of shipping containers are lost from cargo vessels each year. Many of these containers eventually sink to the deep seafloor. In 2004, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) discovered a lost shipping container almost 1,300 meters (4,200 feet) below the surface of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In the first ever survey of its kind, researchers from MBARI and the Sanctuary recently described how deep-sea animal communities on and around the container differed from those in surrounding areas.
The red dots seen in some of the underwater footage are lasers mounted on the remotely operated submersible. The lasers are 29 cm apart and allow the scientists to estimate animal size.
Video editor: Kyra Schlining
Script and narration: Josi Taylor
Production support: James Barry, Kim Fulton-Bennett, Linda Kuhnz, Lonny Lundsten, Nancy Jacobsen Stout, Susan vonThun
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MBARI press release:
Taylor, J.R., DeVogelaere, A.P., Burton, E.J., Frey, O., Lundsten, L., Kuhnz, L.A., Whaling, P.J., Lovera, C., Buck, K.R., Barry J.P. (2014) Deep-sea faunal communities associated with a lost intermodal shipping container in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, CA. Marine Pollution Bulletin
Special thanks to Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot (PLANET OCEAN/HOPE PRODUCTION) for the beautiful aerial container footage.
Bonsoir pour quoi vous remonter pas ces conteneur en surface y a des produits dangereux dans certains de ces conteneur employer des plongeur pour mettre des ballons gonflables pour les remonter en surface .
like the shipping company that lost the container in the first place, needs to be reliable to retrieve it...drop a hook down, hook it up and wench it to the top...no no lets leave it there.. lmfao PS it doesn't matter the cost, fix the problem!!
Think Fukushima why bother anymore they refuse to stop using the ocean for there cooling tank and that is not a joke just do some research and you will see all there excuses when they had more then enough time to correct there problem and refuse to ! it has now been found flowing in to the Atlantic water's, that's how far reaching it is now. So go buffalo yourself with your government propaganda !!!
The pollution caused bye these ships is why Puget Sound is dying. Ships from around the whole oceans world end up in tiny Puget Sound (choke point). Seattle’s solution is to ban individuals fishing and ban whale watching is not a solution.
Interesting enough though. Physical trash (not chemicals) almost always becomes a home for something. I have been picking up trash my entire life. I always find frogs, snakes, bugs and many many other lifeforms under them. I find I just don’t like looking at it. I just rewatched blue planet and they showed the floating trash in the ocean had life under almost every piece. (Interesting to think about)
The container is full of multi coloured funky gay socks ordered by Justin Trudeau from a sweat shop in his favourite communist country China. And yes, the Sox are as toxic as the goof who ordered them.
Make the containers water tight and make it so that they float, maybe pressurize them or have airbags on them like with helicopters . And with todays technology equip them with GPS locators. It could be a new industry, people recovering containers for either the contents or a reward by the owners ?
Wow that was an absolute waste of money and resources. So 1000 containers per year fall victim to heavy seas and fall overboard and then become a reef substrate for some animals, but not all. I can't imagine the absolute percentage of the ocean this ultimately impacts, do numbers go that low? In terms of ROI for this one, I'm going with zero.
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