Not every dive is full of clear water, bright colors, and lots of animals.  The “marine snow” floating in the water during the dive shown here reduced visibility, and there were large expanses of area with little life. Video courtesy of Brooke et al, NOAA-OE, HBOI.

Audio portion:

Submersible pilot Phil Santos:  “Are these the types of corals you want?  These small little white ones?”

Scientist Dr. Julie Olson:  “Stylasters?  Nope, I don’t think so.”

Phil Santos:  “We’re underway due north by a series of rolling hills here.  Sand dunes, basically, with a lot of dead coral rubble on them and it looks like we’re running sort of perpendicular to them….over hills and across valleys.”

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