Photo & Video Log

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Images

Lophelia pertusa growing on a tendon at Jolliet platform, a tension leg platform.

Mission Summary
Lophelia pertusa growing on a tendon at Jolliet platform, a tension leg platform. (HR)

Colonies of Lophelia pertusa growing on a test piling at the subsea well installation in Mississippi Canyon. Flytrap anemones and Eumunida picta squat lobsters are also present.

Mission Summary
Colonies of Lophelia pertusa grow on a test piling at a subsea well installation in Mississippi Canyon. (HR)

Tendon at Ram Powell platform showing numerous Lophelia pertusa colonies and flytrap anemones.

Mission Summary
Tendon at Ram Powell platform showing numerous Lophelia pertusa colonies and flytrap anemones. (HR)

 

 

TIn 2008, Jay got his sea legs by helping launch the CTD device on the Lophelia II 2008 expedition in the Gulf of Mexico.

July 22 Log
In 2008, Jay got his sea legs by helping launch the CTD device on the Lophelia II 2008 expedition in the Gulf of Mexico. (HR)

During the Lophelia II 2012 expedition, Jay guiding the scientists in the search for deepwater corals on oil and gas platforms, such as this Lophelia imaged on the Zinc subsea installation in the Gulf of Mexico.

July 22 Log
During the Lophelia II 2012 expedition, Jay guiding the scientists in the search for deepwater corals. (HR)

CAs chief scientist, Jay oversaw science operations to investigate deepwater corals on oil and gas platforms during the Lophelia II 2012 expedition in the Gulf of Mexico.

July 22 Log
As chief scientist, Jay oversaw science operations to investigate deepwater corals on oil and gas platforms. (HR)

 

 

Adam and Miles prepare to launch the box core at the site.

July 21 Log
Adam and Miles prepare to launch the box core at the site. (HR)

Jennie and Janessy document the box core after it is brought to the surface, filled with Gulf of Mexico deep-sea sediment.

July 21 Log
Jennie and Janessy document the box core after it is brought to the surface, filled with Gulf of Mexico deep-sea sediment. (HR)

Samples are collected from the box core after it is retrieved.

July 21 Log
Samples are collected from the box core after it is retrieved. (HR)

Some of the sediment samples collected from the corer are sieved, leaving behind fauna for isotopic analysis.

July 21 Log
Some of the sediment samples collected from the corer are sieved, leaving behind fauna for isotopic analysis. (HR)

Syllidae from collected sediments at the Viosca Knoll826 site in the Gulf of Mexico.

July 21 Log
Syllidae from collected sediments at the Viosca Knoll826 site in the Gulf of Mexico. (HR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Lophelia sample was collected during the first remotely operated vehicle dive at the Joilet platform.

July 20 Log
This Lophelia sample was collected during the first remotely operated vehicle dive at the Joilet platform. (HR)

Lophelia coral growing on the Zinc subsea installation at a depth of 457 meters.

July 20 Log
Lophelia coral growing on the Zinc subsea installation at a depth of 457 meters.(HR)

Coral seen at the Ram Powell oil platform at a depth of 995 meters.

July 20 Log
Coral seen at the Ram Powell oil platform at a depth of 995 meters. (HR)

 

 

Sample bathymetry data mapping the features of the seafloor. Warmer colors indicate shallower regions.

July 19 Log
Sample bathymetry data mapping the features of the seafloor. Warmer colors indicate shallower regions. (HR)

Lophelia pertusa thickets discovered growing on an oil platform during this cruise.

July 19 Log
Lophelia pertusa thickets discovered growing on an oil platform during this cruise. (HR)

 

 

 

 

White Lophelia colonies imaged by the Kraken2 remotely operated vehicle while diving near the Joilet platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

July 18 Log
White Lophelia colonies imaged by the Kraken2 remotely operated vehicle while diving near the Joilet platform. (HR)

A possible rare (for the Gulf of Mexico) orange Lophelia colony seen during a remotely operated vehicle dive near the Joliet platform.

July 18 Log
A possible rare (for the Gulf of Mexico) orange Lophelia colony seen during a ROV dive near the Joliet platform. (HR)

 

 

 

 

Marine bacteria growing on an agar plate.

July 17 Log
Greg takes stock of the Joliet platform, prior to the launch of the remotely operated vehicle. (HR)

The Kraken2 remotely operated vehicle makes its way towards the Joilet platform, appearing as a small yellow object on the surface of the water.

July 17 Log
The Kraken2 remotely operated vehicle makes its way towards the Joilet platform, appearing as a small yellow object on the surface.

 

 

 

 

Marine bacteria growing on an agar plate.

July 16 Log
Marine bacteria growing on an agar plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying fish cut tracks in the ocean surface as the Brooks McCall makes it way towards the first dive site.

July 15 Log
Flying fish cut tracks in the ocean surface as the Brooks McCall makes it way towards the first dive site. (HR)

Sunset over the Gulf signals the end of Matt and Danielle’s first full day at sea.

July 15 Log
Sunset over the Gulf signals the end of Matt and Danielle’s first full day at sea. (HR)

 

 

 

 

The R/V Brooks McCall dockside in Freeport, Texas.

July 13 Log
The R/V Brooks McCall dockside in Freeport, Texas. (HR)

The crew prepares to load the Kraken2 ROV onto the ship.

July 13 Log
The crew prepares to load the Kraken2 ROV onto the ship. (HR)

The science party and ship crew don their life vests during an abandon ship drill.

July 13 Log
The science party and ship crew don their life vests during an abandon ship drill. (HR)

Freeport, Texas, grows ever smaller as we are finally underway, heading towards our first platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

July 13 Log
Freeport, Texas, grows ever smaller as we are finally underway, heading towards our first platform in the Gulf of Mexico. (HR)

Map displaying Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil and gas platforms targeted for study during the expedition.

Mission Plan
Map displaying Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil and gas platforms targeted for study during the expedition. (HR)

Remotely operated vehicle manipulators are used to collect specimens of corals for use in numerous studies.

Mission Plan
Remotely operated vehicle manipulators are used to collect specimens of corals for use in numerous studies. (HR)

 

 

 

 

A close-up image of a single Eumunida picta squat lobster perched on a live Lophelia pertusa thicket.

Cold-water Corals
Map displaying Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil and gas platforms targeted for study during the expedition. (HR)

An outcrop containing a large white Leiopathes colony and several small fragments of Lophelia pertusa.

Cold-water Corals
An outcrop containing a large white Leiopathes colony and several small fragments of Lophelia pertusa. (HR)

A large number of ophiuroid associates colonize a patch of large Callogorgia colonies.

Cold-water Corals
A large number of ophiuroid associates colonize a patch of large Callogorgia colonies. (HR)

 

 

This map shows the Viosca Knoll area of the Gulf, where the most developed natural Lophelia reefs exist

Connectivity
This map shows the Viosca Knoll area of the Gulf, where the most developed natural Lophelia reefs exist. (HR)

The Lophelia colonies at the Gulfpenn Wreck site exhibit 4.6 m (15 ft) of vertical relief along the superstructure.

Connectivity
The Lophelia colonies at the Gulfpenn Wreck site exhibit 4.6 m (15 ft) of vertical relief along the superstructure.

 

 

 

 

This image illustrates how scientist measure a coral for size and growth rate.

Coral Growth
This image illustrates how scientist measure a coral for size and growth rate.

Another type of human-made structure that can be used to date and therefore provide maximum ages for corals are shipwrecks

Coral Growth
Another type of human-made structure that can be used to date and therefore provide maximum ages for corals are shipwrecks.

 

 

 

 

Examples of meiofauna present in the sediment.

Small Animals
Examples of meiofauna present in the sediment. (HR)

Example of a tanaid discovered in a sediment sample.

Small Animals
Example of a tanaid discovered in a sediment sample. (HR)

Sieving push core material through a sieve to remove excess sediment before examining what fauna are present under the microscope.

Small Animals
Sieving push core material through a sieve to remove excess sediment before examining what fauna are present under the microscope. (HR)

A successfully collected push core that has different sediment layers present.

Small Animals
A successfully collected push core that has different sediment layers present. (HR)

Industry inspection video images of corals on the Pompano platform in 2008 at depths of over 300 m.

Small Animals
Industry inspection video images of corals on the Pompano platform in 2008 at depths of over 300 m. (HR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image shows how much Lophelia corals first identified in 2003 grew since installation of the structure in 1994.

Platforms
This image shows how much Lophelia corals first identified in 2003 grew since installation of the structure in 1994. (HR)

This illustration shows the variety of major platform types.

Platforms
This illustration shows the variety of major platform types. (HR)

Example of a solid bottom-founded platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Platforms
Example of a solid bottom-founded platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Example of a solid bottom-founded platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Platforms
Example of a solid bottom-founded platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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