Wednesday, May 13, 2009

NW Rota-1 on National Geographic


This undersea video was shot the same week NBC was on Saipan.

I figured out how to embed the video, so I'm bumping this back up to the top.

Check out the link to read the story:
Deep-Sea Eruption, Odd Animals Seen

May 7, 2009—Scientists have caught a fast-growing, 12-story underwater volcano erupting—along with odd creatures evolved to survive its toxic emissions.

Scientists, witnessing and videotaping for the first time the eruption of an undersea volcano in the Pacific Ocean in the Northern Mariana Islands near Guam.
The footage of the erupting volcano was shot at 1700 feet before the surface of the ocean. That is much deeper than even Harry Blalock can dive.

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A quick search of the Internet and I found the b-roll of the two species of shrimp living on the active underwater volcano. There is no sound, but the pictures are pretty cool.

Those shrimp are now protected since Rota NW-1 is part of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.

39 comments:

Hasselback said...

I must comment on your observation that "[t]hat is much deeper than even Harry Blalock can dive." I do not agree. Instead, your observation should have been as follows:

When Harry Blalock dives, he does not descend, but rather the ocean becomes more shallow out of respect.

Wait...have I just started a new internet trend, ala' "Chuck Norris Facts?" Consider the following...

"Megalodon did not disappear because of the pressures of natural selection, but was shamed into extinction by Harry Blalock."

"Harry Blalock does not shave his head, but rather has evolved beyond the need for hair."

Forgive me...I have not had my coffee yet this morning.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Harry Blalock does not wear black. He just scares the color off all his clothes.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Much like the politicians that refuse to appear on his talk show, Harry Blalock once insulted his hair. Now it refuses to appear on his head.

Hasselback said...

I think we're on to something here Angelo.

The Saipan Blogger said...

The Marianas Trench was formed when someone told the Pacific Plate Harry Blalock lived on Saipan.

bradinthesand said...

harry blalock doesn't have a chin under his van dyke, only a reserve regulator for divers in harm's way.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Harry Blalock taught Michael Phelps to swim

The Saipan Blogger said...

Saipan only gets hit by typhoons when Harry Blalock is off island.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Harry Blalock is the King of the Underwater World, but back on land Kelli can tell him to pick up his socks.

The Saipan Blogger said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLO1YIWQuXE

bradinthesand said...

harry blalock hunted and killed the first saipanda with his bare hands back in '47.

then he took an the engine from the b29 he mistakenly shot down (with spare parts from his homemade bcd) and turned the saipanda it into a bus.

bradinthesand said...

harry blalock is such a master dive that he's already carved his name at the bottom of the marianas trench...twice.

bradinthesand said...

harry blalock is so famous that the mva considered canging its name to the harryanas visitors authority to attract more tourists to the cnmi.

(could be tricky if you swap a 'u' with an 'a' in the right place)

Mike said...

Sharks are taught that, should they encounter Harry Blalock underwater, they should remain calm and slowly swim away.

Mike said...

Harry Blalock does not need a dive knife. Old fishing line makes sure it stays out of Harry Blalock's way.

Mike said...

Harry Blalock does not need to control his buoyancy. He just scares the surface and seafloor away.

Mike said...

Harry Blalock does not need to refill his scuba tanks. He just scares more air inside.

Mike said...

Although you can hear his voice on the Radio, Harry Blalock does not use a transmitter.

Mike said...

Harry Blalock can kill you with mind bullets, but Kelli can make him take ballroom dance lessons...

The Saipan Blogger said...

The Mid Atlantic Ridge formed the first time Harry farted underwater.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Harry Blalock destroyed Captain Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. Ahab never got his revenge.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Harry Blalock was the monster in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

The Saipan Blogger said...

When scientists descended to the bottom of the Mariana Trench they found Harry Blalock making crab dip.

Mike said...

How does Harry Blalock cause tsunamis? Shut the hell up, that's how.

Mike said...

When is this year's coral spawn? When Harry Blalock says so.

Mike said...

Goat Island was once attached to Tinian, but Harry Blalock likes it better where it is now, so there it stays.

Mike said...

Harry Blalock does his laundry at the washing machine in the Grotto.

The Saipan Blogger said...

America's Day begins on Guam, but finishes when Harry Blalock says it's finished.

bradinthesand said...

god rested on the seventh day, and harry blalock has been in charge ever since.

bradinthesand said...

harry blalock was the first to find nemo.

bradinthesand said...

harry blalock ran the underwater railroad in 1860.

bradinthesand said...

when neil armstrong landed on the moon, he said "that's one small step for man, but it's nothing for harry blalock."

bradinthesand said...

when neil armstrong landed on the moon, he found one of harry's old tanks.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Harry Blalock Framed Roger Rabbit.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Harry Blalock wants to Marry A Millionaire

The Saipan Blogger said...

Harry Blalock shot the sheriff. Then he shot the deputy.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Harry Blalock can hear a tree fall in the middle of a forest

The Saipan Blogger said...

The sound of one hand clapping is Harry Blalock

The Saipan Blogger said...

The Titanic sank when it hit Harry Blalock.