National Geographic : 1998 Apr
BOTHBYEMORYKRISTOFWITHR. MICHAELCOLE More than a mile deep, a four-foot slab of barracuda draws a crowd, including (left, clockwise from top left) a chimaera, a prawn, an eel, and a small shark. They disappeared when a Pacific sleeper shark showed up (above). "Superb!" beamed Emory Kristof when he real ized he'd snared these images using a video "rope cam." Loaded in a cylinder and then dropped deep, the camera ran at programmed intervals, no matter what passed before the lens. "I'm like a fisher man," says Kristof. "I dangle bait and hope for a catch."