Some two billion people live in the region around the Indian Ocean.
Yet little is known about what lies in its depths.
That's about to change.
Scientists from the Nekton Mission will embark on a journey to survey underwater life and map the floor of the Indian Ocean.
For the next seven months, the 87-meter Ocean Zephyr will be their mothership. The research vessel will take scientists to the surface of one of the planet's last major unexplored frontiers. From there, scientists will use crewed and remotely-controlled submersibles to document organisms and habitats up to 500 meters deep.
AP will provide live under water video from the dives.
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