The gulper eel

What's the strangest animal in the ocean? In this video, scientists exploring the deep ocean make a weird (yet wonderful) discovery.

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- Can we take a look at that?
- What is that?
- Oh, wow!
- Looks like a Muppet!
- What are you?
- What is that?
- It's like a, er … huh …
- Oh it's …
- It's a fish.
- It's defensive.
- It's in the water column, isn't it?
- That's a fish?
- What? I don't know.
- What? Wow!
- That's what it looks like to me.
- Is it engorged or is it like that?
- Is it mad?
- Yeah!
- Touch it!
- Is it just … ?
- Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!
- Look at his little face!
- He's kind of like Googly Eyes.
- I think he ate too much!
- We …
- He's full.
- Wow. We really ticked him off.
- Uh-oh … oh!
- Wow!
- That's their defence. Oh, wow, what?
- Are those just like the gill arches, er, the gills?
- Some kind of …
- Wow!
- It just got so big!
(Multiple laughs)
- It's all bladder!
- Oh my God!
- That's his defence, like, 'Let me blow up so I can show them how big I am.'
- Ooh.
- Incredible.
- Wow.
- Yep, he's doing the shake.
- What! OH MY GOD! Wow!
- Is that a gulper eel, then?
- Yes.
- I guess so, yeah. That is crazy …
- That was awesome!
- That was so awesome.
- What a way to end the watch, right?
- Yeah, exactly!
- Bye!
- It's amazing!

© National Geographic

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Submitted by fidaasiddig on Tue, 05/11/2019 - 12:10

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Hello It's in the water column, could you please explain the sentence

Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 08/11/2019 - 07:11

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Hello fidaasiddig,

The water column describes the layers of water at different depths, and allows scientists and divers to talk about their different characteristics. I imagine the scientist who said this was saying that the creature is in the water column rather than being on the sea floor, for example.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_column

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Raqueline Monteiro on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 20:14

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Oh, My comment is the first??? So cool! I am oceanographer and I stayed a ship in the middle of Atlantic Ocean in 2018. At night generally we work in the lab on ship. One of those nights, I was taking samples and I saw squids attacking our instruments that were coming back to the ship. I never saw an animal that way. Some people said that probably the light left them angry.
Hey Pizzy. Come on, don`t get sad. We need the shop assistant, we need good ones as much we need any professional and I'm sure you`re one of those who have what it takes. Keep it forward.
Hey Raqueline, what a job. It might be incredibly amazing to see sea life that close. Luck you and thanks for sharing.
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