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National Geographic’s Remote Imaging engineers, along with researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, deployed dropcams—untethered cameras equipped with lights and digital video—to explore the world’s deepest ocean trench. The team documented the deepest known single-celled animals, called xenophyophores, which are known for their size (individual cells can exceed 10 centimeters, or four inches). This expedition was made possible in part by National Geographic’s Expeditions Council and the philanthropic support of Joanie Nasher.