Earth’s Largest Ecosystem –
in Your Back Pocket
Today sees the launch of Deep Sea ID, a free app that allows offline access to the World Register of Deep-Sea Species and currently stores on your device the taxonomic information for over 20,000 deep-sea species, over 350 high-resolution photographs of deep sea specimens as well as links to online taxonomic tools, sources and important references.
A lot of deep sea biology (and marine science in general) uses video and image data, usually obtained through ROVs, HOVs and other camera systems. The data is often logged in real time and it is amazing to see an annotation pro or sagely professor in action, with their encyclopaedic knowledge of deep-sea taxa, calling out names as they flash up on the monitors.