Photo & Video Log

This page contains photos and videos taken during the 2004 Gulf of Alaska Seamount Expedition that took place July 30 - August 23, 2004. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information. If a movie camera icon camera icon is present, a QuickTime video can be viewed by clicking on the image. Other video formats are available on the linked pages.

If a slideshow icon slideshow icon is present, a visual log of exploration images can be viewed. You can scroll through them one by one, or select the play button for an automatic slideshow.

(HR) = "High Resolution" images available.

 

camera icon Video & Slideshows

coral bioluminescence moviecamera icon Aug 29
A deep sea coral bioluminescing as it is agitated by the manipulator arm of the JSL II (QuickTime, 656 kb)

groupers and sampling videocamera icon Aug 27
snowy groupers, Epinephelus niveatus, supervise submersible collections. (QuickTime, 800 kb)

lunar like underwater videocamera icon Aug 24
lunar-like scenery and a snowy grouper swimming under a ledge. (QuickTime, 832 kb)

underwater videocamera icon Aug 21
Footage captured by the Johnson-Sea-Link II. (QuickTime, 760 kb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

crab trap deployment videocamera icon Aug 20
The Johnson-Sea-Link II deploying traps. (QuickTime, 732 kb)

benthic invertebrate sampling videocamera icon Aug 19
The Johnson-Sea-Link II sampling benthic invertebrates. (QuickTime, 728 kb)

hogfish video camera icon Aug 15
a beautiful hogfish swims by the Johnson-Sea-Link. (QuickTime, 540 kb)

moray eel videocamera iconAug 15
a closeup encounter with a large moray eel. (QuickTime, 540 kb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lophelia banks videocamera icon Aug 13
The beautiful and complex habitat of the Lophelia coral banks. (QuickTime, 536 kb)

slide show of organismscamera icon Aug 12
A slideshow of organisms the Johnson Sea-Link encountered during a dive. (QuickTime, 520 kb)

otter trawl videocamera icon Aug 11
video of an Otter trawl deployment. (Quicktime, 464 kb)

fish swimming videocamera icon Aug 8
Fish swimming around spatially complex areas such as boulders and caves. (QuickTime, 804kb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

amberjack fish videocamera icon Aug 8
During a dive the submersible crew encounters groupings of Almaco jacks. (QuickTime, 504kb)

submersible deployment videocamera icon Aug 8
The Johnson Sea-Link being deployed for a dive. (QuickTime, 948kb)

submersible sampling videocamera icon Aug 3
Two different sampling techniques used by the submersible. (QuickTime, 1Mb)

lionfish videocamera icon Aug 2
Video sighting of a Lionfish, an invasive species. (QuickTime, 1.1 Mb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fish changing color videocamera icon July 30
Video of a scamp grouper rapidly changing color. (QuickTime, 688 kb)

collecting rock videocamera icon July 29
Video of a "live rock specimen" being collected. (QuickTime, 1Mb)

collecting sponges video camera icon July 28
Video of a sponge being collected. QuickTime, 1.2 Mb)

video of seward johnsoncamera icon July 27
The R/V Seward Johnson being prepared for the expedition. (QuickTime, 1Mb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fish changing color videocamera icon July 30
Video of a scamp grouper rapidly changing color. (QuickTime, 688 kb)

collecting rock videocamera icon July 29
Video of a "live rock specimen" being collected. (QuickTime, 1Mb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images

Sea anemone.Aug 30
Sea anemone

The Johnson-Sea-Link II Aug 30
The Johnson-Sea-Link II waits for recovery

The explorers of Leg 3Aug 30
The explorers of Leg 3

A hexactinellid spongeAug 30
A hexactinellid sponge that anchors itself in the sediment with elongate spicules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lush bottom coverAug 30
Lush bottom cover suggests a shallow water coral reef, except it exists in over 2,000 feet of water

Dr. Eric WarrantAug 30
Dr. Eric Warrant leaves the Johnson-Sea-Link II submersible after a dive to the bottom of the ocean

Wesley Knight Chief Engineer Aug 29
Wesley Knight Chief Engineer of the R/V Seward Johnson

A large grouping of deep ocean sea anemonesAug 29
A large grouping of deep ocean sea anemones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A species of black coralAug 29
A species of black coral

A deep sea octopusAug 29
A deep sea octopus

Bobby Bixler, Chief SewardAug 28
Bobby Bixler, Chief Seward of the R/V Seward Johnson

Dr. Peter HerringAug 28
Dr. Peter Herring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A small sharkAug 28
A small shark swims nearby as scientists examine a sponge

Golden crabAug 28
Golden crab

A squidAug 28
A squid found by the observers aboard the JSL

White cup spongesAug 27
White cup sponges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Robin WilloughbyAug 27
Dr. Robin Willoughby

large hexactinellid spongeAug 27
A very large hexactinellid sponge

The Venus flower basket spongeAug 27
The Venus flower basket sponge.

A sea starAug 27
A sea star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microscopic spiculesAug 26
Microscopic spicules from Gorgonacea sp. of sponge.

Microscopic spicules from a pachastrellid sponge.Aug 26
Microscopic spicules from a pachastrellid sponge.

Examining newly-collected samplesAug 26
Examining newly-collected samples.

Examining sponge spiculesAug 26
Examining sponge spicules with a microscope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newly-discovered species of spongeAug 26
Newly-discovered species of sponge that looks like a Christmas tree

A hard spongeAug 25
A hard sponge

An Unidentified skateAug 25
An Unidentified skate or ray

A red sea starAug 25
A red sea star (Virsingia sp.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unidentified sponge.Aug 24
Unidentified sponge.

An Orange RoghyAug 24
An Orange Roghy (Hoplostethus atlanticus) under a ledge

a beautiful red sea urchin.Aug 24
Coelopleurus floridanus, a beautiful red sea urchin

Tara Peterson Pitts collects samples Aug 23
Tara Peterson Pitts collects samples for her biomedical research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bioluminescence emitted from the ventral surface, or underside, of a deep sea fishAug 23
Bioluminescence emitted from the ventral surface, or underside, of a deep sea fish

Dr. Edie Widder double-checks her Eye-in-the-Sea cameraAug 23
Dr. Edie Widder double-checks her Eye-in-the-Sea camera before it is deployed

a comb jelly of the genus, EuplokamisAug 23
Bioluminescence emitted by a comb jelly

A bamboo coral skeletonAug 22
A bamboo coral skeleton (Ceratoisis flexibilis) with living tissue removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bamboo coralAug 22
A bamboo coral (Ceratoisis flexibilis) with living polyps

deepwater coral.Aug 22
Lophelia sp. deepwater coral

Deepwater lacy bryozoan. Aug 22
Deepwater lacy bryozoan

Deepwater fan sponge.Aug 22
Phakellia sp. Deepwater fan sponge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpaenid fish.Aug 21
Scorpaenid fish

Teacher Arte Roman.Aug 21
Teacher Arte Roman

a deepwater sponge.Aug 21
Leiodermatium sp., a deepwater sponge

Bamboo coralAug 21
Bamboo coral; note black banding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coral, pencil urchin, and sea star.Aug 20
Coral, pencil urchin, and sea star

LaVern Taylor, Senior Marine TechnicianAug 20
LaVern Taylor, Senior Marine Technician, R/V Seward Johnson

Glass sponge with zooanthidsAug 20
Glass sponge with zooanthids attached

Unidentified crab in front of sponge.Aug 20
Unidentified crab in front of sponge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists gather to look at the many samples collected.Aug 19
Scientists gather to look at the many samples collected

An unidentified jellyfish.Aug 19
An unidentified jellyfish

The Johnson-Sea-Link II is launched.Aug 19
The Johnson-Sea-Link II is launched

Submersible pilots show students the  equipment on the front of the Johnson-Sea-LinkAug 18
Submersible pilots show students the equipment on the front of the Johnson-Sea-Link submersible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tiny spiny puffer fishAug 15
A tiny spiny puffer fish caught in one of the neuston net tows

A cone shell Aug 15
A cone shell collected during an invertebrate “sweep” of the ocean floor using the JSL II’s suction sampler

Portugese Man-O-War jellyfish Aug 15
A tiny and very dangerous Portugese Man-O-War jellyfish

Porpida porpida jellyfishAug 15
Porpida porpida has a small disc like body and floats freely in the water column

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An unusual species of crabAug 14
An unusual species of crab observed for the first time at the Lophelia coral banks

A deep sea anemone Aug 14
A deep sea anemone and galatheid crabs seen on the Lophelia coral bankstaped

Deep sea glass sponges Aug 14
Deep sea glass sponges retrieved at 1400 feet

A healthy branch of Lophelia coralAug 14
A healthy branch of Lophelia coral sampled from the deep ocean reefs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful pale orange coralAug 14
A beautiful pale orange coral collected at the Lophelia coral banks

Computer monitor display showing the ship's position and track in real time.Aug 13
Computer monitor display showing the ship's position and track in real time

Jim Sullivan, tracks the Johnson-Sea-Link II submersibleAug 13
Jim Sullivan, tracks the Johnson-Sea-Link II submersible during a dive

Detailed chart of the Steeples research siteAug 13
Detailed chart of the “Steeples” research site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruise planning chart of research areasAug 13
Cruise planning chart of research areas

reviewing video footage Aug 12
Members of the science party gather review video footage taken during the JSL II's dive's

Acoral hake swimming among the Lophelia coral.Aug 12
Acoral hake swimming among the Lophelia coral

Galatheids, also known as squatAug 12
Galatheids, also known as squat lobsters live among the dendritic branches of the Lophelia corals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film-maker Art Howard Aug 12
Film-maker Art Howard taking footage.

A computer display showing the readouts of the Seward Johnson's internal water sensors.Aug 11
A computer display showing the readouts of the Seward Johnson's internal water sensors.

internal sensors aboard the Seward Johnson Aug 11
internal sensors aboard the Seward Johnson are part of the underway sampling system.

A deep-sea fishAug 11
A deep-sea fish called a green eye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pencil urchinAug 11
A pencil urchin brought up from one of the trawls

an Otter trawl being deployedAug 11
This Otter trawl is one of the devices being used to sample the ocean floor

A Houndfish Aug 10
This Houndfish was also caught during “night-lighting”

A juvenile needlefish Aug 10
A juvenile needlefish caught during “night-lighting”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Arrow squid measuring almost two feet long.Aug 10
An Arrow squid measuring almost two feet long

night-lightingAug 10
Using “night-lighting” attract fish and invertebrates in the area

sorting through sargassum collected during a neuston net tow.Aug 10
Sorting through sargassum collected during a neuston net tow

A closeup of a small mass of sargassum weed.Aug 9
A closeup of a small mass of sargassum weed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sargassum samples being sifted through.Aug 9
Sargassum samples being sifted through

juvenile scrawled filefishAug 9
A juvenile scrawled filefish found within the mass of sargassum

Lines of sargassumAug 9
Lines of sargassum can stretch for miles along the surface

juvenile trigger fishAug 7
This juvenile trigger fishwas captured near the surface in a neuston net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

plankton netAug 7
This plankton net can capture the smallest of marine organisms including marine algae, larval fish and invertebrates

yellow floats on top of the neuston net frameAug 7
The yellow floats on top of the neuston net frame insure that it will not sink any lower that 1 meter below the surface.

A neuston net being deployed Aug 7
A neuston net is being deployed off the starboard side of the R/V Seward Johnson

octopusAug 7
This octopus was captured in an "Otter” trawl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

members of the galatheid family, commonly known as squat lobsters.
Aug 6
These crabs are members of the galatheid family, commonly known as squat lobsters

A member of the calappidae family of crabs.
Aug 6
A member of the calappidae family of crabs

One of the JSL II dive team enters the aft observation compartment of the submersible.Aug 6
One of the JSL II dive team enters the aft observation compartment of the submersible

A sea robin fishAug 6
This bottom dwelling fish usually moves across the ocean floor crawling on a pair of modified pectoral fins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graph indicating declines in abundance for most species of reef fish.
Aug 5
Graph indicating declines in abundance for most species of reef fish

Diagram showing large vs. small reef fishAug 5
Diagram showing large vs. small reef fish

Diagram showing increased demand for red snapper resulted in increased catches into the 1970s.Aug 5
Diagram showing increased demand for red snapper resulted in increased catches into the 1970s

Closeup of a Young GrabAug 4
Closeup of a Young Grab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animals found living in sandy sediments near rocky reefs.Aug 4
Animals found living in sandy sediments near rocky reefs

Preparing the Young Grab for deployment.Aug 4
Preparing the Young Grab for deployment

A typical deep reef habitatAug 3
A typical deep reef habitat showing the direction of video surveys and the location of benthic samples collected

Benthic samples being looked at under the microscope.Aug 3
Benthic samples being looked at under the microscope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical benthic invertebratesAug 3
Typical benthic invertebrates include marine worms, tiny crustaceans, clams, and snails

An attachment on the Johnson Sea Link is used to “vacuum” an area of the seafloor.Aug 3
An attachment on the Johnson Sea Link is used to “vacuum” an area of the seafloor

A lionfish, is sighted several times during dive operations.Aug 2
A lionfish, is sighted several times during dive operations

Coney grouper exhibiting different color variations.Aug 1
Coney grouper exhibiting different color variations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Different markings in species of butterfly fish.Aug 1
Different markings in species of butterfly fish

Major characteristics used to identify fish.Aug 1
Major characteristics used to identify fish

Identifying fish from a submersible.Aug 1
Identifying fish from a submersible

Deployment of the sonar fishJuly 31
Deployment of the sonar fish off the stern of the R/V Seward Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw side scan sonar record of the St. Augustine Scarp.July 31
Raw side scan sonar record of the St. Augustine Scarp

Side scan sonar acquisition computer.July 31
Side scan sonar acquisition computer

A side scan sonar tow vehicleJuly 31
A side scan sonar tow vehicle, also called a ‘fish’

An adult blackbelly rosefishJuly 30
An adult blackbelly rosefish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The snapper species Lutjanidae. July 30
Larvae of the snapper species Lutjanidae

Schools of vermilion snapper.July 30
Schools of vermilion snapper

The Seward Johnson crew launches the JSL II.July 30
The Seward Johnson crew launches the JSL II

Tiny tubes built as housing by serpulid tube-worms.July 29
Tiny tubes built as housing by serpulid tube-worms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A turkey wing mussel July 29
A turkey wing mussel (Genus Arca)

a rock is photographed with a scale. July 29
Each rock is photographed with a scale before the invertebrates are removed from it

A large live rock collected by the Johnson-Sea-Link II.
July 29
A large “live rock” collected by the Johnson-Sea-Link II

a colorful sponge collected at 198 ft.July 28
A particularly colorful sponge collected at 198 ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A commensal amphipod emerges from a stinking vase spongeJuly 28
A commensal amphipod emerges from a stinking vase sponge

The fire sponge, Tedaria ignisJuly 28
The fire sponge, Tedaria ignis

Stacie Crowe holds a stinking spongeJuly 28
Stacie Crowe holds the stinking sponge Ircinia campana

trying on the immersion suitJuly 27
Lisa Hollen, gets the 'privilege' of trying on the immersion suit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capt. Ralph Van Hoeke discusses safetyJuly 27
Capt. Ralph Van Hoeke discusses safety at sea with the science party

The R/V Seward JohnsonJuly 27
The R/V Seward Johnson at sunrise on the first morning of IIS 2002