Photo & Video Log

This page contains photos and videos taken during the Medicines from the Deep Sea: Exploration of the Gulf of Mexico expedition that took place September 8-19, 2003. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information. If a picture of 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 picture of 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.

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The diversity of marine life hidden beneath oil platforms.

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The diversity of marine life hidden beneath oil platforms. (QuickTime, 1.1 Mb)

Forcepia, not just your ordinary sponge.

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Forcepia, not just your ordinary sponge. (QuickTime, 1 Mb)

Various sponges and octocorals collected during the Deep Sea Medicines 2003 Expedition.

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Various sponges and octocorals collected during the "Deep Sea Medicines 2003 Expedition."

The Innovator ROV being launched.

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The Innovator ROV being launched from the stern deck of the NOAA Research Vessel Ronald H. Brown.

Images

Scientists donned their SCUBA equipment and dove in shallow water.

Summary
Scientists donned their SCUBA equipment and dove in shallow water.

Gail Samples displays a coral collected during one of the day’s dives.

Summary
Gail Samples displays a coral collected during one of the day’s dives.

Priscilla Winder (left) and Shirley Pomponi (right) placing samples in plastic bags for preservation.

Summary
Priscilla Winder (left) and Shirley Pomponi (right) placing samples in plastic bags for preservation.

Sonsub Inc. crewmember Lucas Cribley and Greg Wardwell assisting Tara Pitts samples.

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Sonsub Inc. crewmembers Lucas Cribley and Greg Wardwell assist Tara Pitts with samples.

Shirley Pomponi removing a bright yellow sponge from a sea floor sample.

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Shirley Pomponi removing a bright yellow sponge from a sea floor sample.

The entire Deep Sea Medicines 2003 crew on board the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown.

September 19
The entire Deep Sea Medicines 2003 crew on board the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown.

ROV Innovator during a recovery at night.

September 19
ROV Innovator during a recovery at night. (HR)

Inovator sample buckets being unloaded after dive

September 18
Inovator sample buckets being unloaded after dive.

Scientist examine sample buckets after a dive

September 18
Scientist examine sample buckets after a dive.

A typical confocal microscope system

September 18
A typical confocal microscope system.

Untreated cancer cells

September 18
Untreated cancer cells.

Drug-treated cancer cells

September 18
Drug-treated cancer cells.

Bacteria from a sponge cell suspension

September 18
Bacteria from a sponge cell suspension.

Autofluorescent bacteria from a sponge cell transmitted light and Krypton Laser

September 18
Autofluorescent bacteria from a sponge cell transmitted light and Krypton Laser.

The divers who participated in SCUBA operations

September 17
The divers who participated in SCUBA operations.

The ROV Innovator during a morning launch

September 17
The ROV Innovator during a morning launch. (HR)

Captain John Wilder checking out operations in the ROV van

September 17
Captain John Wilder checking out operations in the ROV van.

Operations in the ROV van

September 17
Operations in the ROV van.

Graphical sketch of the Sonsub Inc. ROV Innovator

September 16
Graphical sketch of the Sonsub Inc. ROV Innovator.

Helicopter leaving platform during a launch of the ROV

September 16
Helicopter leaving platform during a launch of the ROV.

Oil sparr at sunrise

September 16
Oil sparr at sunrise.

Experimental aquaculture farm of deep-water sponges

September 15
Experimental aquaculture farm of deep-water sponges. (HR)

The supply of sponges and tunicates are researched for use in drug development

September 15
The supply of sponges and tunicates are researched for use in drug development. (HR)

Growth and feeding studies on sponges are conducted under controlled conditions

September 15
Growth and feeding studies on sponges are conducted under controlled conditions. (HR)

Tunicates are studied at HBOI because they produce bioactive compounds

September 15
Tunicates are studied at HBOI because they produce bioactive compounds. (HR)

Lithistids are a very rare group of sponges recovered during September 14 dive

September 14
Lithistids are a very rare group of sponges recovered during September 14 dive. (HR)

Gail Samples, preparing an extract for culture

September 14
Gail Samples, preparing an extract for culture.

NOAA Corps Officer LTJG Jennifer Pralgo looking over a navigational chart

September 14
NOAA Corps Officer LTJG Jennifer Pralgo looking over a navigational chart.

Chief Steward Richard Whitehead

September 14
Chief Steward Richard Whitehead.

taking sponge samples for analysis

September 13
Taking sponge samples for analysis.

A Clathria sponge

September 13
A Clathria sponge. (HR)

Making skilled maneuvers of the ROV during a dive

September 13
Making skilled maneuvers of the ROV during a dive.

Sonsub Inc. crew

September 13
Sonsub Inc. crew.

C&C Technologies team

September 13
C&C Technologies team.

morning launch of the ROV

September 13
Morning launch of the ROV.

In the wet lab waiting to see what was brought up from the dive

September 13
In the wet lab waiting to see what was brought up from the dive.

Lucas Cribley and Geoff Ellett making adjustments to the ROV

September 13
Lucas Cribley and Geoff Ellett making adjustments to the ROV.

Multibeam image of Mullins Lithoherm.

September 12
Multibeam image of Mullins Lithoherm.

This tanish/orange colored sea fan

September 12
This tanish/orange colored sea fan.

Bush of deep water coral Lophelia pertusa

September 12
Bush of deep water coral Lophelia pertusa.

Black coral bush

September 12
Black coral bush.

A pair of deep-water crabs was among many of the “bonus” marine organisms

September 12
A pair of deep-water crabs was among many of the “bonus” marine organisms.

3-D multibeam image of the Westward view of “Forcepia-land” escarpment.

September 12
3-D multibeam image of the Westward view of “Forcepia-land” escarpment.

3-D multibeam image of the Northward view of “Forcepia-land” escarpment.

September 12
3-D multibeam image of the Northward view of “Forcepia-land” escarpment.

bright-orange Forcepia

September 11
The bright-orange Forcepia sponge. (HR)

Jeremy Potter and Gary K. Wolfe getting their hands wet examining Forcepia

September 11
Jeremy Potter and Gary K. Wolfe getting their hands wet examining Forcepia.

Dr. Shirley Pomponi isolating pure Forcepia cells for culture

September 11
Dr. Shirley Pomponi isolating pure Forcepia cells for culture.

A solution of Forcepia cells after being placed in a centrifuge

September 11
A solution of Forcepia cells after being placed in a centrifuge.

A Gorgonia Swiftia sp.

September 11
A Gorgonia Swiftia sp.

Innovator being recovered

September 10
Innovator being recovered.

Jane Thompson, preparing a sample of Acarnus for DNA extraction

September 10
Jane Thompson, preparing a sample of Acarnus for DNA extraction.

An unexpected finds during the first dive, Acarnus sp.

September 10
An unexpected finds during the first dive, Acarnus sp. (HR)

Acarnus sp. plated on petri dishes for cell culture

September 10
Acarnus sp. plated on petri dishes for cell culture.

Recovered on the second dive a sponge from the Verongida family

September 10
Recovered on the second dive a sponge from the Verongida family. (HR)

The sponge Forcepia is the source of the lasonolides

September 10
The sponge Forcepia is the source of the lasonolides. (HR)

The structure of lasonolide A, a potent cytotoxic agent

September 10
The structure of lasonolide A, a potent cytotoxic agent.

Agarose gel electrophoresis is used to visualize DNA extracts

September 10
Agarose gel electrophoresis is used to visualize DNA extracts.

mobilization of the Innovator on the NOAA research vessel Ron Brown

September 9
Mobilization of the Innovator on the NOAA research vessel Ron Brown.

The Innovator being submersed during the test dive

September 9
The Innovator being submersed during the test dive.

science party view real-time footage from the Innovator during the test dive

September 9
The science party view real-time footage from the Innovator during the test dive.

Sonsub Inc. ROV Innovator technician preparing for the mission

September 8
Sonsub Inc. ROV Innovator technician preparing for the mission.

Shirley Pomponi and LTJG Shawn Maddock view a sponge

September 8
Shirley Pomponi and LTJG Shawn Maddock view a sponge.

Port side view of the Sonsub Inc. ROV Innovator

September 8
Port side view of the Sonsub Inc. ROV Innovator.

 

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