Photo & Video Log

This page contains photos and videos taken during the expedition, "Investigating the Charleston Bump" that took place August 2 – 13, 2003. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information.

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Wreckfish and red bream share space under a slab of manganese-phosphorite covered with soft corals and anemones.

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Wreckfish and red bream share space under a slab of manganese- phosphorite. (QuickTime, 516 Kb)

manipulator arm retrieving carrion bucket

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Manipulator arm retrieving carrion bucket. (QuickTime, 856 Kb)

Using the bathymetric data collected from the Charleston Bump a 3-D flythrough was created

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A 3-D flythrough was created from bathymetric data collected from the Charleston Bump. (QuickTime, 716 Kb)

Slideshow of benthic invertebrates from the Charleston Bump

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Slideshow of benthic invertebrates from the Charleston Bump. (QuickTime, 636 Kb)

Video of a lionfish eluding capture.

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Video of a lionfish eluding capture. (QuickTime, 1.1 Mb)

Video of (Bathynectes longspina) crabs

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Bathynectes longspina crabs are frequently seen on the coral mounds. (QuickTime, 788 Kb)

 

 

 

 

Images

A grenadier or "rattail" hovers near the bottom.

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A grenadier or "rattail" hovers near the bottom.

A gaper rests on its pectoral and pelvic fins at a depth of 1860 ft.

Summary
A gaper rests on its pectoral and pelvic fins at a depth of 1,860 ft.

A "chimney" sponge and a fan-like sponge with associated sediment pile.

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A "chimney" sponge and a fan-like sponge with associated sediment pile.

A "slit-shell" snail was collected by the JSL II at a depth of 1870 ft.

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A "slit-shell" snail was collected by the JSL II at a depth of 1,870 ft.

Rich Styles peers out of a porthole in the aft chamber of the JSL II submersible.

August 16
Rich Styles peers out of a porthole in the aft chamber of the JSL II submersible. (HR)

Dave Wyanski, prepares for another dive to almost 1800ft in the JSL sphere.

August 16
Dave Wyansk prepares for a dive to almost 1,800 ft in the JSL II sphere.

 

 

 

 

A ‘chimney’ sponge may reveal new symbioses not previously witnessed.

August 15
A "chimney" sponge may reveal new symbioses not previously witnessed. (HR)

A parasitic isopod

August 15
A parasitic crustacean. (HR)

A pencil urchin collected, with tubeworms attached to its spines.

August 15
A pencil urchin with tubeworms attached to its spines. (HR)

A tiny shrimp appears to be specially adapted to mimic the translucent color of the glass sponge.

August 15
A tiny shrimp appears to mimic the translucent color of the glass sponge it inhabits.

A colorful crinoid is just one of the interesting creatures collected.

August 14
A colorful crinoid is just one of the interesting creatures collected.

Eating Judy’s amazing cooking

August 14
Eating Judy’s amazing cooking.

While working on deck, the science party and crew should always wear hard hats and life vests.

August 14
While working on deck, the science party and crew are required to wear hard hats and life vests. (HR)

Deep below the photic zone in the JSL II submersible.

August 14
Deep below the photic zone in the JSL II submersible.

Steve Stancyk prepares the clod cards for deployment.

August 14
Steve Stancyk prepares the clod cards for deployment. (HR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-D visualization map of the Charleston Bump

August 13
3-D visualization map of the Charleston Bump.

Various rocks collected during the Charleston Bump Expedition

August 13
Various rocks collected during the Charleston Bump expedition.

Large table-sized slabs of rock

August 13
Large, table-sized slabs of rock.

Red bream, (Alphonsin) and wreckfish nestled under rock ledge

August 13
Red bream (Alphonsin) and wreckfish nestled under a rock ledge.

Vertical cliffs with alternating layers of carbonate rock

August 13
Vertical cliffs with alternating layers of carbonate rock.

Manganese-phosphorite rock collected with the submersible from more than 1800 ft

August 13
Manganese- phosphorite rock collected by the submersible at 1,827 ft depth.

 

 

 

 

Carrion trap baited with rotting oyster.

August 12
Carrion trap baited with rotting oyster. (HR)

manipulator arm retrieving carrion bucket

August 12
Manipulator arm retrieving carrion bucket.

A mass of amphipods collected with the carrion trap.

August 12
A mass of amphipods collected with the carrion trap. (HR)

A close-up view of an Amphipod.

August 12
A close-up view of a tiny shrimp (amphipod).

Ocean topography off the southeast portion of the United States

August 12
Ocean topography off the southeast portion of the United States.

Seamless Whiting data.

August 12
Data from the NOAA Ship Whiting.

A topographic representation of the seafloor around the Charleston Bump

August 12
A topographic representation of the sea floor around the Charleston Bump.

Whiting bathymetry data to determine targets sites for upcoming dives

August 12
Whiting bathymetry data helps determine target sites for upcoming dives. (HR)

Sea surface temperature readings

August 12
Sea surface temperature readings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soft coral provides a number of hiding places for benthic invertebrates.

August 11
Soft coral provides a number of hiding places for benthic invertebrates.

Cumaceans, also called lollipop shrimp.

August 11
Cumaceans, also called lollipop shrimp.

Isopods of the Order of Crustaceans.

August 11
Isopods of the order of Crustacea.

Jerry McLelland at microscope.

August 11
Jerry McLelland at the microscope.

Connie Leverett after 200ft dive in JSL II

August 10
Teacher-at-sea Connie Leverett after a 200-ft dive in the JSL II.

Scientists ‘Kids at Sea’ view the latest sample from 1400ft

August 10
"Kids at sea" (aka the scientists) view the latest sample from 1,400 ft. (HR)

Attached to a rock scientists discovered a Syllid.

August 10
Scientists discovered this syllid attached to a rock. (HR)

 

 

Just before midnight, Fred Andrus, helps to lower the 2400 lb CTD over the ship’s starboard side.

August 9
Just before midnight, Fred Andrus helps lower the 2,400- lb CTD over the ship’s starboard side. (HR)

temperature and salinity distributions from the edge of the continental shelf out to about the center of the Gulf Stream

August 9
Temperature and salinity distributions from the edge of the continental shelf out to about the center of the Gulf Stream.

This figure denotes the current along a similar cross-stream transect as the temperature and salinity data depicted above.

August 9
The current along a similar cross-stream transect as the temperature and salinity data.

 

 

The sea bottom beneath the Gulf Stream is highly varied.

August 8
The sea bottom beneath the Gulf Stream is highly varied.

This rock is a good example of how the tasty sponges, bryozoans and tunicates are absent from the exposed surface, but dominate on the sheltered side.

August 8
Sponges such as bryozoans and tunicates are absent from the exposed surface, yet dominate on the sheltered side. (HR)

Passive filter-feeders, such as this basket star, must find areas where strong currents sweep food through their arms.

August 8
Passive filter feeders, such as this basket star, must find areas where strong currents sweep food through their arms.

This little gooseneck barnacle only lives on crab carapaces.

August 8
This little gooseneck barnacle only eats crab carapaces.

Scientists diving in the JSL stumbled upon a red lionfish, Pterolis volitans.

August 7
Scientists diving in the JSL II stumbled upon a red lionfish (Pterolis volitans).

Scientists captured this unsuspecting goby, just 1.5 cm

August 7
Scientists captured this unsuspecting goby, just 1.5 cm long. (HR)

This species of brittlestar, Astroporpa annulata, is related to basketstars and lives clinging to soft corals.

August 7
This species of brittlestar (Astroporpa annulata) is related to basket stars and lives clinging to soft corals.

 

 

This specimen is the largest colonial coral collected to date.

August 6
This specimen is the largest colonial coral collected to date.

A close-up of some of the individual polyps that comprise a colonial coral.

August 6
A close-up of some of the individual polyps that comprise a colonial coral.

Example of the abundant coral growth that can be found in some areas with exposed hardbottom

August 6
Abundant coral growth can be found in some areas with exposed hard bottom.

Tree-shaped coral are one of the most common type of coral seen on the exposed rock to date

August 6
Tree-shaped coral are one of the most common types of coral seen on the exposed rock.

Scientists used multibeam bathymetric data to create a 3D view of a portion of the Charleston Bump.

August 5
Scientists used multibeam bathymetric data to create a 3-D view of a portion of the Charleston Bump.

The Charleston Bump complex causes the Gulf Stream to speed up and be deflected offshore.

August 5
The Charleston Bump complex causes the Gulf Stream to speed up and be deflected offshore.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Fish Biologist Dave Wyanski prepares to enter the JSL II sphere for Dive #3407.

August 5
Biologist Dave Wyanski prepares to enter the JSL II sphere. (HR)

Sub crew member Jim Sullivan dives from the R/V Seward Johnson to the JSL II

August 5
Sub crew member Jim Sullivan dives from the R/V Seward Johnson to the JSL II. (HR)

Chief Scientist Charlie Barans contemplates what to do next.

August 4
Chief Scientist Charlie Barans contemplates what to do next.

Jerry McLelland, reaches into the pipe dredge

August 4
Jerry McLelland reaches into the pipe dredge.

The ship maintains a plethora of medication for ills that befall scientists and crew at sea.

August 4
The ship maintains a plethora of medication for ills that befall scientists and crew at sea.

Project Oceanica Director Leslie Sautter pulls together expedition-related educational products

August 4
Project Oceanica Director Leslie Sautter pulls together expedition-related educational products.

The Charleston Bump provides a valuable nursery habitat, and possibly spawning grounds, for swordfish.

August 3
The Charleston Bump provides a valuable nursery habitat, and possibly spawning grounds, for swordfish.

The Johnson Sea Lab II is seen preparing to descend into the sea over the Charleston Bump.

August 3
The Johnson-Sea Link II submersible prepares to descend into the sea over the Charleston Bump.

The greeneye fish is just one of many creatures seen during the first dive day.

August 3
The greeneye fish is one of many creatures observed during the first dive day.

 

 

Golden crab, Chaceon fenneri, with black-bellied rose fish.

August 2
The golden crab (Chaceon fenneri) with a black-bellied rose fish. (HR)

The deepwater galatheid Eumunida picta Longispina are commonly seen on the Lophelia mounds.

August 2
The deep-water galatheid Eumunida picta Longispina are commonly seen on the Lophelia mounds. (HR)

Nezumia foraging along the edge of a basalt outcrop.

August 2
Nezumia forage along the edge of a basalt outcrop. (HR)

 

 

 

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