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What’s REALLY hiding underneath: Incredible interactive graphics reveal the weird and wonderful creatures and shipwrecks that lurk in the deep sea – experts admit we still don’t know what’s hidden in 95% of the ocean

  • Although we cover almost 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, we don’t know much about our oceans
  • MailOnline interactive app reveals weird and wonderful creatures and shipwrecks lurking beneath the waves

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From lost shipwrecks to bizarre fish, the deep sea is teeming with mystery.

But despite covering nearly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, scientists say we don’t know much about our oceans.

«We have only explored five percent of our world’s ocean,» explained the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

«That means 95 percent of our ocean is unknown.»

So what really lies beneath the surface? Explore the weird and wonderful creatures and shipwrecks lurking beneath the waves with MailOnline’s interactive graphics.

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The ocean is divided into several different depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathypelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadalpelagic.

Light from the sun only reaches down to the beginning of the bathypelagic zone 1000 meters below the surface.

Beyond this depth, freezing temperatures, total darkness and extreme pressure mean that only the best adapted animals can survive.

However, even in the deepest points of the ocean, in places like the Izu-Ogasawara trench south of Japan, scientists have discovered a huge diversity of life.

In the total darkness and extreme pressure of the deep sea, only special creatures like this Bigfin squid in the Gulf of Mexico are well adapted to survive.

Giant sperm whales have been known to dive to depths of more than 2,000 meters in search of prey, hunting the elusive giant squid.

However, the record for the deepest fish ever found is held by a snail, which was spotted at a depth of 8,300 m below the surface.

Humans have even reached the Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the ocean, which lies at an altitude of about 10,928 m in the Mariana Trench.

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