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(BBC-US)   Scientists find patch of deep ocean where whales and other huge sea creatures go to die and it's depressing as hell   (bbc.com) divider line 75
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2014-05-13 08:40:02 AM  
Scientists find patch of deep ocean where whales and other huge sea creatures go to die and it's depressing interesting as hell

FTFY subby.

Dead fish?  I can't see what's so depressing about that, especially considering they are feeding other fish.

/Having dead fish for lunch today.
 
2014-05-13 09:00:53 AM  
That's a hell of a buffet.
 
2014-05-13 09:07:51 AM  
I bet they were all assholes who thought they're better than us.
theinfosphere.org
 
2014-05-13 09:13:49 AM  
Depressing? That's just nature being nature.
 
2014-05-13 09:30:30 AM  
And if you're one of the creatures that feeds on deep-sea carrion it's Per Se.
 
2014-05-13 09:36:36 AM  
images.wikia.com
 
2014-05-13 09:37:49 AM  
Is it the bottom?  because I'm pretty sure if the answer is 'check the direction they sink in' I could have told them that.
 
2014-05-13 09:41:49 AM  

Solon Isonomia: I bet they were all assholes who thought they're better than us.


Precious hamburgers?
 
2014-05-13 09:43:37 AM  
Those guys filming it probably didn't watch Jeremiah Johnson.
 
2014-05-13 09:43:57 AM  
Maybe there was a fishing/hunting party at that spot and they discarded those animals because they didn't want them or had their quota.
 
2014-05-13 09:43:58 AM  
Don't cut yourself just yet, subby:

The researchers estimated that the carcasses of large animals could provide about 4% of the total food that arrives on the sea floor in this area.
 
2014-05-13 09:44:17 AM  
On the less depressing side, having a bunch of whale carcasses in one area makes for a undersea environment that will have interesting things to tell us for years to come.
 
2014-05-13 09:44:42 AM  
I don't think they go there to die, it's more of an area that when they die they sink, and due to temperature and other stuff the carcasses hang around a while.  I watched a documentary on creatures in these areas, pretty cool.  Big animal sinks, crabs and weird creatures take turns devouring the animal, it feeds a ton of them for a good while.
 
2014-05-13 09:46:21 AM  

dittybopper: Scientists find patch of deep ocean where whales and other huge sea creatures go to die and it's depressing interesting as hell

FTFY subby.

Dead fish?  I can't see what's so depressing about that, especially considering they are feeding other fish.


^This^
It's called the circle of life, man.
 
2014-05-13 09:48:47 AM  

dittybopper: Scientists find patch of deep ocean where whales and other huge sea creatures go to die and it's depressing interesting as hell

FTFY subby.

Dead fish?  I can't see what's so depressing about that, especially considering they are feeding other fish.

/Having dead fish for lunch today.


This. Excluding today's lunch.
 
2014-05-13 09:49:11 AM  
Just goes to show ya, everything gets eaten, eventually.
 
2014-05-13 09:50:06 AM  
"Absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence... but the ecosystem does seem different to whale falls," said Dr Gin Rummy.


x1.fjcdn.com
 
2014-05-13 09:50:52 AM  
Professor Tanabe's bombing area?
lonelymachines.org
 
2014-05-13 09:50:57 AM  

CruJones: I don't think they go there to die, it's more of an area that when they die they sink, and due to temperature and other stuff the carcasses hang around a while.  I watched a documentary on creatures in these areas, pretty cool.  Big animal sinks, crabs and weird creatures take turns devouring the animal, it feeds a ton of them for a good while.


They dedicated a healthy portion of Planet Earth to the micro environments that spring up around whale carcasses. Interesting as hell.

I couldn't find the Planet Earth segment without the entire episode but this video was awesome as f*ck.
 
2014-05-13 09:53:06 AM  

KatjaMouse: CruJones: I don't think they go there to die, it's more of an area that when they die they sink, and due to temperature and other stuff the carcasses hang around a while.  I watched a documentary on creatures in these areas, pretty cool.  Big animal sinks, crabs and weird creatures take turns devouring the animal, it feeds a ton of them for a good while.

They dedicated a healthy portion of Planet Earth to the micro environments that spring up around whale carcasses. Interesting as hell.

I couldn't find the Planet Earth segment without the entire episode but this video was awesome as f*ck.


That may have been it. Planet Earth showed us how awesome HDTV really can be.
 
2014-05-13 09:53:45 AM  
Everybody knows...
that when a whale decomposes...
it goes back...
into the basic elements.

/slightly obscure
 
2014-05-13 09:56:08 AM  
The video was recorded by remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), which were surveying the seafloor around Angola for industrial exploration. exploitation.

FTF oil companies.
 
2014-05-13 09:56:47 AM  
Is it lower than whale shiat?
 
2014-05-13 09:57:22 AM  
It wouldn't happen to be anywhere near Florida, would it?
 
2014-05-13 09:57:31 AM  

CruJones: Planet Earth showed us how awesome HDTV really can be.


In the last 10 years, I've only ever seen two Blu-Ray movies. Planet Earth and Avatar. Both were to just show off how new and fancy the various people's new TVs were.
 
2014-05-13 09:57:48 AM  
Nothing fishy about this discovery. The relatives all gather in a grouper filled with remoras, sing a few tunas (like "Salmon Chanted Evening") and whale about how much they'll miss the deceased. Then things scale back a little after a few minnows and they go off to another plaice leaving their loved ones behind as a seafood buffet.
 
2014-05-13 09:57:54 AM  
I'd be more amazed if they found a bowl of petunias nearby.
 
2014-05-13 09:58:11 AM  
Oceanic garbage patch 2.0. Nature "caused pollution" millenia before homo sapiens evolved, and will continue to do so until the sun dies its natural death. Even as the universe dies, the remaining garbage/matter will clump up into black holes due to natural forces, not due to depressing human pollution.

If "environmental scientists" actually cared about science, they would use this existing natural process to make a case for emissions control, instead of trying to scare everyone with stories of greenhouse gases that, unlike "good" gases, magically absorb and re-radiate heat in a way that makes the climate bad instead of good.

/the Bhopal disaster actually happened
//rising CO2 levels increase the odds of it happening again, at random, unpredictably
///but that only scares engineers into designing a working solution, instead of scaring ordinary people into giving up political power to an unelected elite
 
2014-05-13 09:58:53 AM  
Go to die?

4 animals over a square mile during 2 years is hardly some mythical place where majestic sea creature go to die. It's just a place an oil company is surveying.
 
2014-05-13 10:00:23 AM  

Gulper Eel: And if you're one of the creatures that feeds on deep-sea carrion it's Per Se.


The Thomas Keller restaurant?
 
2014-05-13 10:00:48 AM  
Well, duh, where are you going to find a toilet big enough to flush a whale?
 
2014-05-13 10:01:15 AM  
While they're looking at all these fish bones, perhaps they can keep an eye out for this...

rinneganeyes.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-13 10:02:13 AM  

Slypork: Nothing fishy about this discovery. The relatives all gather in a grouper filled with remoras, sing a few tunas (like "Salmon Chanted Evening") and whale about how much they'll miss the deceased. Then things scale back a little after a few minnows and they go off to another plaice leaving their loved ones behind as a seafood buffet.


Where do their soles go after they die?
 
2014-05-13 10:04:51 AM  
I don't want to be buried in a Pet Sematary.
 
2014-05-13 10:07:42 AM  

loki see loki do: Well, duh, where are you going to find a toilet big enough to flush a whale?


this thing's house:

www.anorak.co.uk
 
2014-05-13 10:08:09 AM  

Tatterdemalian: Oceanic garbage patch 2.0. Nature "caused pollution" millenia before homo sapiens evolved, and will continue to do so until the sun dies its natural death. Even as the universe dies, the remaining garbage/matter will clump up into black holes due to natural forces, not due to depressing human pollution.

If "environmental scientists" actually cared about science, they would use this existing natural process to make a case for emissions control, instead of trying to scare everyone with stories of greenhouse gases that, unlike "good" gases, magically absorb and re-radiate heat in a way that makes the climate bad instead of good.

/the Bhopal disaster actually happened
//rising CO2 levels increase the odds of it happening again, at random, unpredictably
///but that only scares engineers into designing a working solution, instead of scaring ordinary people into giving up political power to an unelected elite


dafuq?
 
2014-05-13 10:12:01 AM  
Why does dying of old age have to be depressing, subby?
 
2014-05-13 10:12:18 AM  
Did subby even read the article?

It's just a spot where there was a shard and a few rays.  No whales, no "elephant graveyard" or anything like that.
 
2014-05-13 10:13:37 AM  
Silly science, everyone knows orcas end up on the moon when they die.
 
2014-05-13 10:14:14 AM  

scottydoesntknow: CruJones: Planet Earth showed us how awesome HDTV really can be.

In the last 10 years, I've only ever seen two Blu-Ray movies. Planet Earth and Avatar. Both were to just show off how new and fancy the various people's new TVs were.


I thought HD was unneeded until then, but now I can't watch SD, though the only time I use bluray is for 3D.
 
2014-05-13 10:14:43 AM  

Gulper Eel: And if you're one of the creatures that feeds on deep-sea carrion it's Per Se.


If you see an Eel post on fark, you may want some more, eh?
 
2014-05-13 10:17:27 AM  
What I find interesting was the lack of petunias near this whale fall
 
2014-05-13 10:19:29 AM  
Detroit?
 
2014-05-13 10:19:38 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: Did subby even read the article?

It's just a spot where there was a shard and a few rays.  No whales, no "elephant graveyard" or anything like that.


an elephant graveyard under the sea would be something to see
 
2014-05-13 10:35:06 AM  
If it's deeper than the surrounding area, of course you're in a depression.
 
2014-05-13 10:38:14 AM  
 
2014-05-13 10:45:05 AM  
Hagfish gotta eat.
 
2014-05-13 10:50:09 AM  
Damn socialist whales.  Feeding the poor bottom dwellers with their redistributed wealth.
 
2014-05-13 10:50:58 AM  
Holy Diver!
 
2014-05-13 10:57:46 AM  

loonatic112358: an elephant graveyard under the sea would be something to see


We have ships, we have oceans, let's make it happen.
 
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