As our submersible descends, the first destination appears on our topographical map of the ocean: first we’re going deep, deep, deep! It’s time to see what lives down where the water is frigid, incredibly pressurized, and after a certain point pitch black. How could anything live here? The fact of the matter is that tons of stuff lives here, even at the deepest regions, which range from 6,000-11,000 meters (20,000-36,000 feet) below the surface. Both in the water itself and on the sea floor, this part of the ocean hosts many strange products of evolution, and it is even probably where life on Earth began.
Besides being able to survive the low temperature and high pressure, many animals down here use bioluminescence to compensate for the lack of light. This helps them see, attract potential mates, and in some cases lure prey. Thus, following light in the deep ocean can prove both helpful and treacherous; you never know when that nice bluish glow might be an anglerfish ready to strike!
But of course, we’re savvy folks here on Eyewire. Surely you can find your way accurately across the sea floor without getting led astray, and you’ll have two chances to try safely navigating the darkest depths! All times are EST:
Session 1 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on 2/15
Session 2 – 10:00 PM to midnight on 2/15
Swag (generously sponsored by @susi): Most accurate player completing at least 20 cubes wins 1 tote bag and 1 sticker sheet! Second and third place each also win sticker sheets.
HQ will bestow typical Happy Hour bonuses for your work during each of those time frames, but there’s more than that to earn!
95% Accuracy – Accuracy Grandmaster
90% Accuracy – Accuracy Master
80% Accuracy – Accuracy Challenger
Extra point bonuses will be added to your baseline Happy Hour earnings, as follows:
1st Place Accuracy – 10,000 point bonus
2nd Place Accuracy – 8,000 point bonus
3rd Place Accuracy – 6,000 point bonus
Anyone else with 95% – 5,000 point bonus
Anyone else with 90% – 3,000 point bonus
Anyone else with 80% – 2,000 point bonus
Under 80% but played at least 20 cubes – 1,000 point bonus
Please remember that these bonuses are non-cumulative; first place accuracy gets a flat 10,000 points, for example.
Mentors: You are still allowed to mentor people during these time windows. Please just use your best judgment as to whether someone is asking you for basic newbie help vs. trying to have you boost their accuracy on cube after cube.
Scythes: Please avoid scything during these time windows. Even though accuracy for this will be retroactively calculated, we would prefer to go with accuracy based on players’ raw tracing. By the time this challenge is scored, don’t worry, admins will have corrected consensus as needed.
Artwork by Daniela Gamba