NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer returned to port at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, this evening, bringing Leg 2 of the Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi Expedition to a close. The next leg of the expedition starts August 28, 2015. Lance Horn, of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Undersea Vehicle Program, guides the Mohawk remotely operated vehicle over the stern of the R/V Walton Smith for the first dive of the 2015 Coral Ecosystem Connectivity cruise. Kimberly Puglise of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science assists. Gorgonocephalus sp., a basket star (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea). The only information we had of depths below 2,000 meters in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands was derived from surveys performed by the research vessel Albatross over 100 years ago. A larval squirrelfish of the Family Holocentridae. Larval fish are sampled using plankton nets or light traps.
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