Image: Facebook/Schmidt Ocean Institute

Somewhere deep in the Gulf of California, a hi-tech underwater device is analyzing the bottom of the sea. Launched by scientists associated with a non-profit organization called the Schmidt Ocean Institute, this appliance is about to record something incredible. You see, a bizarre ecosystem is flourishing down here. Yet the conditions defining this part of the ocean are notably extreme.

Image: Facebook/Schmidt Ocean Institute

The Schmidt Ocean Institute has been active for over a decade now, having been established in 2009. Set up by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, the organization’s primary aim is to drive scientific knowledge of the ocean forward. To do so, it makes use of various resources at its disposal, from sophisticated gadgets to a large ship.

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