Oceanology: Work Beneath the Waves

Some 3,000 ft. below the surface of the Atlantic, off the northern coast of Florida, the creature peered inquisitively through the dark and murky waters, groping for the ocean bottom. Sweeping its searchlight back and forth like a baleful eye, it spotted a smooth black surface below. Touching down gently, it began to creep along on wheels, stopping occasionally to pick up chunks of black rock with its two 9-ft. arms. Finally, it slowly rose to the surface, its mission accomplished and its curiosity temporarily satisfied.

The strange creature of the deep...

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