Photo & Video Log
This page contains photos and videos taken during the Lophelia II 2008 Exploration in the previously unexplored deep coral sites of the Northern Gulf of Mexico from September 20 - October 2, 2008. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information. If a movie 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 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
View a video of the Chain Catshark in its natural habitat, surrounded by anemones, sea fans, and corals. (Quicktime, 2.2 Mb.)
View a video of a snowy grouper, a large predators in the Deep-water reef community habitat. (Quicktime, 2.1 Mb.)
View a video of a redeye gaper venting water at 240 meters at the Green Canyon. (Quicktime, 1.2 Mb.)
Leg 1 Summary
During the first dive of the cruise, scientists observed a large antipatharian (black) coral community. (HR)
Leg 1 Summary
The Saab SeaEye Falcon DR ROV allowed scientists to explore the deep ocean during the cruise.
Scientist prepare to help recovery the remotely operated vehicle (under the watchful eye of chief scientist Erik Cordes).
Leslie and scientist Maria Pia Miglietta closely examine a specimen collected during a dive.
Jay helps Senior Survey Technician Missy Partyka retrieve the conductivity temperature depth (CTD) logger.
A crab attempts to climb on the rope of one of the deployed instruments (a temperature logger).
This photo represents one of the few times that we saw basket stars with their tentacles outstretched and in contact with each other.
The ROV manipulator arm allows scientists to collect and bring samples to the surface for closer study.
Fluorescent chain catshark at 600 meters depth from the Ocean Explorer Operation Deep Scope expedition in 2005. This shark was no more than a meter long.
This egg case was collected accidentally while sampling a large black coral. It was unhatched, one of two specimens brought aboard by the ROV.
Deep-water reef communities form important feeding and spawning habitat for large predators such as snowy grouper.
A golden tilefish (Lopholatilus) on soft sediment with a coiled seawhip in the background.
The distal end (branch tips) of a gorgonian, with polyps extended, and squat lobsters and brittle stars living on the colony.
A small gorgonian with polyps retracted. The colony is attached to a small rock in soft substrate, with a brittle star on the colony and shrimp at the base.
Lophelia pertusa collected from the Viosca Knoll site in a tank on board from a previous research cruise.
Lophelia pertusa create habitat for a number of other species at a site in Green Canyon. (HR)
Chief scientist Erik Cordes (right) and geophysicist Bill Shedd review a bathymetric map while discussing what sites to explore next.
Thick branches arise from the base of a large black coral colony about 1.5 meters tall at 300 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico.
An Astrophyton basket star is perched atop the black coral colony, surrounding a dozen gooseneck barnacles.
Multibeam bathymetry allows terrain models to be created for large areas of the sea floor.
The NOAA Ship Nancy Foster sits ready and waiting before departure from Gulfport, Mississippi.
Before leaving port, the ROV was taken for a test run. Here, Matthew Cook, operations manager for SeaView Systems Inc., preps the ROV for launch.
Leg 1 Summary
The Gudgeon and pintle once secured the rudder to the sternpost of the Ewing Banks Wreck.
Leg 1 Summary
The bow of a Ewing Banks Wreck, covered with Lophelia coral, sea anemones, barnacles, and rusticles.
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