Photo & Video Log
This page contains photos and videos taken during the
Life on the Edge 2005 expedition
that took place October 16 - November 1, 2005. Click on any image to view
a larger version and for additional information. If a movie camera icon
present, a QuickTime video can be viewed by clicking on the image. Other
video formats are available on the linked pages. If a Podcast icon is
present, a video or audio file is available for download or you can subscribe to the RSS Podcast Feed.
If a 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.
Video & Slideshows
Known for hundreds of years yet, Deep-sea or cold water corals have been poorly studied. (QuickTime, 2.8 Mb)
Images of the R/V Seward Johnson & Johnson-Sea-Link submersible taken during the Life on the Edge Exploration. (HR)
View a visual collection of images from the Life on the Edge 2005 Expedition.
Animated flyover of a Cape Lookout deep coral site with data from several previous submersible tracks. (QuickTime, 2.2 Mb)
The first Neuston net sample was collected off Cape Loookout, NC, in an area extensively studied in the past. (QuickTime, 1.1 Mb)
The habitat at the morning dive at north Jacksonville was a diverse mixed habitat.
The dive track from the afternoon dive crossed three different habitat types.
The sargassumfish, Histrio histrio, spends its entire life in the Sargassum.
Commercially important dolphinfish, Coryphaena hippurus, are known to be associated with Sargassum.
A common predator that occurs on deep coral banks is Helicolenus dactylopterus (blackbelly rosefish).
Three common mesopelagic fishes have been observed in dense aggregations near deep coral banks.
The drawing of Nezumia sclerorhynchus (roughtip grenadier) was from a paper by Marshall in 1973. (HR)
A roughtip grenadier specimen photographed during a cruise dive. (HR)
Indirect sampling usually produces specimens that arrive on deck in very poor condition.
Two years of ship tracks plotted over the Cape Fear deep coral bank area off North Carolina, illustrating dense coverage of single beam sonar. (HR)
Examples of bottom habitat observed during the morning dive at Stetson Banks.
Examples of bottom habitat observed during the afternoon dive at Stetson Banks.
Dr. Ross (on the right, in sunglasses) teaches an impromptu knot-tying class. (HR)
Sample of consolidated substrate collected at the Savannah banks. (HR)
Dr. Steve Ross is interviewed by visitors from the media. (HR)
A standard 8.5-ounce styrofoam cup compared with a cup, originally the same size. (HR)
Elementary educator Reneé Green participating in nightlighting operations. (HR)
Reneé Green and a specimen of halfbeak she caught during a nightlighting session.
A small fraction of the data being collected on this expedition. (HR)
Andrea Quattrini monitors sonar data while the team assesses a potential dive site. (HR)
The Night Crew: (left to right) Jennie McCLain, Tara Casazza (watch chief), Barb Lubinski and Reneé Green. (HR)
Juvenile Sailfish (Istiophurus platypterus) specimens caught with Neuston net. (HR)
Jennie McClain immediately after the halfbeak she caught slipped through the net mesh and back into the water.
Halfbeak (Hemiramphus balao) caught by dip net during nightlighting session.
Dr. Murray Roberts prepares to enter the stern compartment of the Johnson-Sea-Link submersible.
Frame grab from external bow video camera: dense coral development of mostly live Lophelia. (HR)
The VICTOR ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), (Ifremer, France) being deployed from the R/V POLARSTERN. (HR)
Map generated using ArcMap software giving an overview of the 2004 expedition cruise plan.
Screen capture of an ArcMap scene containing several layers of data.
Example of a three-dimensional depiction of changes in habitat over the course of a single submersible dive track.
Screen capture of the 3-D mapping program, ArcScene.
The sub's manipulator arm collecting a crab trap containing five Galatheid crabs. (HR)
Cheryl Morrison shows a specimen of hermit crab she collected during her dive. (HR)
A species of hermit crab residing in a worm tube. (HR)
Deployment of the Johnson Sea-Link submersible for the first dive of Life on the Edge 2005.
Chaunax sp. This is a species of the fish family known as gapers. (HR)
We have observed the bignose shark swimming around the coral banks on several occasions.
The R/V SEWARD JOHNSON docked at Morehead City, NC. (HR)
Dr. Ross and his student Jennie McClain. (HR)
Melissa Partyka fabricating experimental fish trap. (HR)
Group photo of science team. (HR)
Examining the first Neuston net sample. (HR)
Tara Casazza examining specimen of eel larvae obtained via Neuston net. (HR)