Special Presentation: Blackwater Biology


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Abstract:

This visual stroll through the epipelagic ocean will showcase the strangest environment most divers can access.  Five miles off Kona’s coast is water that is over a mile deep.  The animals that come to the surface at night have one thing in common; they are weird.  Join underwater photographer and marine biologist Jeff Milisen as he introduces you to some real-life sea monsters and you take a tour through one of the earth’s most bizarre habitats.

Bio:

Exploring undiscovered wrecks and dodging sharks are just part of another day for Jeff. His passion for researching and documenting creatures from the deep keeps him up at night. Literally. The pelagic creatures featured here are but a small selection from his obsession with the open ocean. When he is not writing articles, blogs, or contributing to scientific journals, he is traveling the world’s oceans in search of the weird and amazing. Jeff is the winner of the 2016 and 2017 World Shootout, 2014 and 2016 Ocean Art, 2016 Our World Underwater, and Ocean Views photo contests.

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