Researchers at the Schmidt Oceanographic Institution recently used an unmanned remote-controlled submersible (ROV) to observe the seabed near Queensland,media CNET reported. In Thursday’s live broadcast, researchers found a tornado-like phenomenon on the live screen. Marine geologist Robin Beaman initially focused on corals and a creature called the Sea Pen, but soon became fascinated and amazed at the emergence of a curved and spinning tornado-like form. The researchers in the video call it “amazing,” “completely weird” and “really unusual.”
Mr Beaman says the phenomenon reminds him of “undersea storms”. The vortex soon dissipated after its formation, but left a brief mark on the sea floor. The cause of this small “underwater tornado” seems to be a mystery.
The Schmidt Marine Expedition has long provided scientists and enthusiasts of all ocean things with a window into a fascinating, rare world. These scenes include wild geological formations and strange stringed siphons. The probe is part of a larger effort to study the “almost unexplored” area of Queensland’s deep-sea plateau.
“The acquisition of baseline mapping and underwater visual data provides a unique window into the geological past and present conditions of the low-light layer and deeper cold-water coral ecosystems, enabling marine park staff to manage and adjust policies for the future,” Schmidt Marine Expeditions said in describing the mission.