31 days living at the bottom of the sea
As we set our sights on other planets and stars as the next great adventure for mankind, we have only yet managed to explore less than 5 per cent of the world's oceans. Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, lead a ground-breaking (and record-breaking) trip to the bottom of the ocean this summer, living for 31 days in a deep sea laboratory.
What he saw there was fascinating and, with the aid of modern photography equipment, he was able to supplement his research with eye-opening slow motion video clips of rarely-seen marine life. From the bullet-like punch of the mantis shrimp to the telescopic movements of "Christmas Tree Worms", it's all documented in a great TED talk, which you can view embedded below.
For Cousteau, the ultimate goal is to prove the feasibility of a city built beneath the sea. While fans of Bioshock or The Abyss may question whether or not that's such a good idea, those looking to explore an alien world may want to turn their attentions to these incredible sights a little closer to home.