Mysterious ‘undersea tornado’ during deep-sea exploration

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.”

Mysterious 'undersea tornado' during deep-sea exploration

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.

Mysterious 'undersea tornado' during deep-sea exploration

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.