Kick Off Your Weekend with These Adorable Sea Creature Gifs!

Popular Science writer Rose Pastore spent three weeks watching a live feed from a submersible in the Gulf of Mexico, and she's turned her most fascinating finds into a series of gifs.

Pastore says:

For the past three weeks, we've been following an incredible livestream of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, filmed from a submersible operated by researchers aboard the Okeanos Explorer. The expedition, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ended this week. Using the sub's high-def camera, the scientists captured footage of parts of the ocean floor never before seen by humans, including ancient shipwrecks, unidentified species, and rare geology.

We'll have much more coverage of this expedition next week, so stay tuned. But in the meantime, enjoy these animated GIFs of deep-ocean creatures that wound up in the sub's LED beams—many of them likely experiencing bright light for the first time.

JUST LOOK AT THESE LITTLE BUDDIES!!! (These are just stills. Click through to PopSci to see them in action.)

Kick Off Your Weekend with These Adorable Sea Creature Gifs!

Oh, god.

Jaunty shrimp.

They're so cute.

They live in the sea.

Many more here—go make some new friends!!!

Images via Popular Science.