Art Woods, Marty Martin
What hidden life lies at the bottom of the deep ocean? How do so many species survive and even thrive with so little light and food and at such pressure?
In this episode, we talk to Helen Scales, a marine biologist, writer, and broadcaster who has written the essential guidebook to the deep ocean titled “The Brilliant Abyss,”. On our way to the bottom of the sea, Helen recounted her journey from academia to writing and shared some of the lessons for others looking to dive into science communication. She also introduced us to some of her favorite species and their unique adaptations for surviving at extreme depths as well as several threats that the deep ocean faces. Technology has not only opened up this ecosystem to exploration but also to exploitation. Helen lays out the current state of ocean conservation and offers some hope and advice to those looking to protect the planet's largest habitat.
Cover photo: Keating Shahmehri
Length of Episode
58 minutes, 39 seconds
Digital File Format
Woods, Art and Martin, Marty, "Episode 092: A journey into the brilliant abyss (with Helen Scales)" (2022). BigBiology Podcasts. 94.