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It’s June 2019, and Nathan Robinson is on board the Research Vessel Point Sur – a craft that’s cruising through the Gulf of Mexico. The scientist isn’t admiring his surroundings, though, as he’s immersed in a video feed from a deep-sea camera. But as Robinson watches the footage, thick tentacles undulate into the frame and seem to lash out towards the camera. And to make matters even more tense, this terrifying sighting is the first of its kind in U.S. waters.

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Bizarrely, it seems that Robinson had in fact sought out this kind of terrifying experience when he first joined the project. He and a number of other scientists had actually embarked upon the mission – called Journey Into Midnight: Light and Life Below the Twilight Zone – in search of creatures of the deep. And the expedition – set to span 15 days in the Gulf of Mexico’s deep waters – was created to seek out the mystifying creatures of the deep.

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