Photo & Video Log

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Images

Mess deck near the end of meal time.

October 1 Log
Mess deck near the end of meal time.

Lito Llena, Chief Steward and Greg Gordon, Second Cook, have just finished stuffing us – again – and cleaning the galley.

October 1 Log
Lito Llena and Greg Gordon have just finished stuffing us – again – and cleaning the galley.

Carefully prepared dinners for those who cannot make it in time.

October 1 Log
Carefully prepared dinners for those who cannot make it in time.

Beverage bar.

October 1 Log
Beverage bar on NOAA Ship Nancy Foster.

Due to an abundance of anemones in these canyons, and the lack of bamboo coral, we chose to collect and study anemones for this mission.

September 30 Log
Due to an abundance of anemones and lack of bamboo coral, we chose to collect and study anemones for this mission.

At that depth, the pressure of the water squeezes and shrinks the cups. While we cannot survive at that depth, benthic deepwater animals thrive there.

September 30 Log
Water pressure squeezes and shrinks the cups. While we cannot survive at that depth, benthic deepwater animals thrive there.

Google map showing the Continental Shelf off of Virginia Beach where the Norfolk Canyon lies.

September 30 Log
Google map showing the Continental Shelf off of Virginia Beach where the Norfolk Canyon lies.

The Kraken II ROV used for this expedition was built for science and was equipped with all the tools needed for collecting deepwater specimens.

September 30 Log
The Kraken II ROV was built for science and was equipped with all the tools needed for collecting deepwater specimens.

While mature bamboo corals cannot travel, they begin their lives in a free-swimming larval stage.

September 30 Log
While mature bamboo corals cannot travel, they begin their lives in a free-swimming larval stage.

The anemone is gently retrieved using the Kraken II’s manipulator for collection.

September 30 Log
The anemone is retrieved using the Kraken II’s manipulator for collection.

Ph.D. Candidates Esprit Heestand Saucier and Kirstin Meyer process specimens.

September 30 Log
Ph.D. Candidates Esprit Heestand Saucier and Kirstin Meyer process specimens.

The specimens collected by the Kraken II are transferred on the deck of the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster and taken into the wet lab for further work.

September 30 Log
The specimens collected by the Kraken II are transferred on the deck of the ship and taken to the “wet” lab for work.

In the wet lab, anemones are sorted, labeled, photographed, and preserved for genetic analysis back at the lab.

September 30 Log
In the wet lab, anemones are sorted, labeled, photographed, and preserved for genetic analysis back at the lab.

Visitors such as these pilot whales are delightful, but not unexpected.

September 29 Log
Visitors such as these pilot whales are delightful, but not unexpected.

Bottlenose dolphins dance and play in the bow waves of the Nancy Foster while she is underway.

September 29 Log
Bottlenose dolphins dance and play in the bow waves of the Nancy Foster while she is underway.

The Great Shearwater belongs here.

September 29 Log
The Great Shearwater belongs here.

A tiny Vesper Sparrow normally spends most of its time on the ground.

September 29 Log
A tiny Vesper Sparrow normally spends most of its time on the ground.

This little red bat may have accidentally hitched a ride, but he should be able to get a good meal of insects around the boat lights at night.

September 29 Log
This little red bat may have accidentally hitched a ride, but he should be able to get a good meal of insects.

An Acadian Flycatcher alights.

September 29 Log
An Acadian Flycatcher alights.

The Black and White Warbler’s primary habitat is deciduous forests.

September 29 Log
The Black and White Warbler’s primary habitat is deciduous forests.

This brown pelican seems a bit far from home, but it is a species that isn’t too surprising to see offshore.

September 29 Log
This brown pelican seems a bit far from home, but it is a species that isn’t too surprising to see offshore.

This juvenile Cedar Waxwing is normally part of a large flock.

September 29 Log
This juvenile Cedar Waxwing is normally part of a large flock.

Caspian Tern perching briefly on the Nancy Foster to groom itself.

September 29 Log
Caspian Tern perching briefly on the Nancy Foster to groom itself.

The Red-breasted Nuthatch primarily found in conifer forests, have a wide range in the U.S. Dining on seeds and insects in the bark, they are also known to hoard extra food.

September 29 Log
The Red-breasted Nuthatch is primarily found in conifer forests and has a wide range in the U.S.

Typical inhabitants found on these shipwrecks.

September 28 Log
Typical inhabitants found on these shipwrecks. (HR)

Chain dogfish shark and their egg casings are commonly found on the shipwrecks documented on the third leg of this mission.

September 28 Log
Chain dogfish shark and their egg casings are commonly found on the shipwrecks documented on the third leg of this mission. (HR)

Benthic animal community in Norfolk Canyon.

September 28 Log
Benthic animal community in Norfolk Canyon. (HR)

Specimens from the trawl net are taken into the wet lab and carefully sorted according to species.

September 28 Log
Specimens from the trawl net are taken into the wet lab and carefully sorted according to species. (HR)

Kirstin Meyer and Megan Chesser sort and prepare specimens collected with the otter trawl while ENS Rick DeTriquet observes.

September 28 Log
Kirstin Meyer and Megan Chesser sort and prepare specimens collected with the otter trawl while ENS Rick DeTriquet observes. (HR)

A close-up of the U-166 wintergarten, with its 20mm anti-aircraft gun

September 27 Log
A close-up of the U-166 "wintergarten," with its 20mm anti-aircraft gun. (HR)

The snapped pintle on the sternpost of the Gulf Penn shipwreck

September 27 Log
The snapped pintle on the sternpost of the Gulf Penn shipwreck. (HR)

An early to mid-19th century wooden-hulled shipwreck on the deep Gulf of Mexico seafloor

September 27 Log
An early to mid-19th century wooden-hulled shipwreck on the deep Gulf of Mexico seafloor. (HR)

One of the cruiser Frankfurt’s 150 millimeter guns with the gun turret lying on its side in the background.

September 26 Log
One of the cruiser Frankfurt’s 150 millimeter guns with the gun turret lying on its side in the background.

Still under attack! One of the Billy Mitchell shipwrecks damaged by fishing gear.

September 26 Log
Still under attack! One of the Billy Mitchell shipwrecks damaged by fishing gear.

Still under attack! One of the Billy Mitchell shipwrecks damaged by fishing gear.

September 26 Log
Still under attack! One of the Billy Mitchell shipwrecks damaged by fishing gear.

 

Trawl on deck and ready to go for night trawling operations.

September 25 Log
Trawl on deck and ready to go for night trawling operations.

Ship crew and science crew work together to bring heavy sampling devices, onboard safely

September 25 Log
Ship crew and science crew work together to bring heavy sampling devices, onboard safely.

Specimens from the trawl sorted and assigned a carbon isotope vial and number – waiting for final preparation from the scientists.

September 25 Log
Specimens from the trawl sorted and assigned a carbon isotope vial and number – waiting for final preparation.

Principle Investigator, Amanda Demopoulos, pushing smaller cores into the mud retrieved from the bottom.

September 25 Log
Amanda Demopoulos, pushing smaller cores into the mud retrieved from the bottom.

Amanda Demopoulos and Espirit Saucier in the wet lab carefully measuring and removing layers of the smaller core sampling into separate containers

September 25 Log
Amanda Demopoulos and Espirit Saucier measuring the smaller core sampling into separate containers.

Science crew sorting the trawl catch.

September 25 Log
Science crew sorting the trawl catch.

 

 

Chain catsharks and mermaid’s purses (egg sacks from these sharks) on a wreck site.

September 24 Log
Chain catsharks and mermaid’s purses (egg sacks from these sharks) on a wreck site.

Mermaids purse, collected by the Kraken II, ROV, with reflected light showing the shark embryo.

September 24 Log
Mermaid's purse, collected by the Kraken II, ROV, with reflected light showing the shark embryo.

Trawling nets, floats and fishing lines are as common on these wrecks as the chain catshark.

September 24 Log
Trawling nets, floats and fishing lines are as common on these wrecks as the chain catshark.

Operators of the Kraken II use the mechanical tools to collect samples, like this spider crab, near the shipwrecks for further study.

September 24 Log
Operators of the Kraken II use the mechanical tools to collect samples, like this spider crab, for further study.

Normally, as shown here, the crew uses the ROV’s thrusters to bring it into the recovery range, keeping tension off of the umbilical.

September 24 Log
Normally, the crew uses the ROV’s thrusters to bring it into the recovery range, keeping tension off of the umbilical.

The pressor is captured using gaffs, which allow a line with a quick catch to be attached to the frame.

September 24 Log
The pressor is captured using gaffs, which allow a line with a quick catch to be attached to the frame.

One of the ROV's thruster motors, burned and melted when the catshark wedged itself in the propeller blades.

September 24 Log
One of the ROV's thruster motors, burned and melted when the catshark wedged itself in the propeller blades.

The offending sharks, a male and female chain catshark, have dedicated their lives to science.

September 24 Log
The offending sharks, a male and female chain catshark, have dedicated their lives to science.

Modern fishing net caught on one of the Billy Mitchell wrecks.

September 23 Log
Modern fishing net caught on one of the Billy Mitchell wrecks.

Biological sampling at one of the Billy Mitchell shipwreck sites.

September 23 Log
Biological sampling at one of the Billy Mitchell shipwreck sites.

The end slice of the umbilical showing the layers

September 22 Log
The end slice of the umbilical showing the layers.

The ROV crew attempts to seal off the umbilical tear and brace the weak point at the pressor.

September 22 Log
The ROV crew attempts to seal off the umbilical tear and brace the weak point at the pressor.

This PBOF (Pressure Balanced Oil Filled) connector allows the PBOF tether from the ROV to be connected to the fiber optics tether that connects it to the ship.

September 22 Log
PBOF connector allows the PBOF tether from the ROV to be connected to the fiber optics tether that connects it to the ship.

Rudy Schlepp, the Terminator! But, this termination isn’t the end, it is the beginning.

September 22 Log
Rudy Schlepp, the Terminator! But, this termination isn’t the end, it is the beginning.

After removing the damaged piece of cable, Rudy begins the process of attaching it to the PBOF coupling.

September 22 Log
After removing the damaged piece of cable, Rudy begins the process of attaching it to the PBOF coupling.

From the rear deck of the Nancy Foster, looking forward into the open door of the wet lab where the ROV umbilical winds its way to the operating table.

September 22 Log
From the rear deck of the Nancy Foster, looking into the wet lab where the ROV umbilical winds its way to the "operating table."

Shown here are the individual components of the damaged ROV cable (a bit out of order).

September 22 Log
Shown here are the individual components of the damaged ROV cable (a bit out of order).

The sorting begins! Like species are placed together.

September 21 Log
The sorting begins! Like species are placed together. (HR)

Science crew sorting and labeling trawl contents.

September 21 Log
Science crew sorting and labeling trawl contents. (HR)

Yep, we found your grocery bag! There is trash all over the ocean...

September 21 Log
Yep, we found your grocery bag! There is trash all over the ocean... (HR)

With sorting complete, the science crew move on to the task of labeling, photographing, and iso-sampling the study.

September 21 Log
With sorting complete, the science crew move on to labeling, photographing, and iso-sampling. (HR)

Contents of the trawl are dumped into large trays and include a wide range of animals.

September 21 Log
Contents of the trawl are dumped into large trays and include a wide range of animals. (HR)

The Kraken II safely on board.

September 21 Log
The Kraken II safely on board. (HR)

 

The box core is lowered off the back deck of the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster using a winch.

September 20 Log
The box core is lowered off the back deck of the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster using a winch.

A collected box core sample before it has been processed.

September 20 Log
A collected box core sample before it has been processed.

A collected box core sample before it has been processed.

September 20 Log
Scientists wash the collected box core sediment in a sieve to remove fine particulate matter and leave behind larger materials.

 

First Lophelia colony seen in Baltimore Canyon.

September 19 Log
The third leg of the expedition will focus on the investigation of shipwrecks in Norfolk Canyon.

First Lophelia colony seen in Baltimore Canyon.

September 13 Log
First Lophelia colony seen in Baltimore Canyon.

Lophelia colony hanging over a deep fissure in the wall.

September 13 Log
Lophelia colony hanging over a deep fissure in the wall.

 

A large colony of the bamboo coral Eknomisis dalioi at 1916 meters depth reaches out from Rehoboth Seamount.

September 12 Log
NOAA ship Nancy Foster retrieving the ROV Kraken II at sunset on 12 Sep 2012.

A colony of Paramuricea on a ledge of Baltimore Canyon.  

September 12 Log
A colony of Paramuricea on a ledge of Baltimore Canyon. 

Insulated tank of seawater holding live corals collected in Baltimore Canyon.

September 12 Log
Insulated tank of seawater holding live corals collected in Baltimore Canyon.

Pilot whales surround the Nancy Foster on almost every day, especially when the weather is calm.

September 12 Log
Pilot whales surround the Nancy Foster on almost every day, especially when the weather is calm.

Desmophyllum dianthus has had several names since its initial discovery.

September 11 Log
Desmophyllum dianthus has had several names since its initial discovery.

This small solitary coral, just a centimeter across, will grow and potentially form clusters of large individuals.

September 11 Log
This small solitary coral, just a centimeter across, will grow and potentially form clusters of large individuals.

 

 

A large colony of the bamboo coral Eknomisis dalioi at 1916 meters depth reaches out from Rehoboth Seamount.

September 10 Log
A large colony of the bamboo coral Eknomisis dalioi at 1916 meters depth reaches out from Rehoboth Seamount.

Dr. Scott France examines a sample of coral collected on the first leg of this mission.

September 10 Log
Dr. Scott France examines a sample of coral collected on the first leg of this mission. HR

Closeup view of Paragorgia arborea (bubblegum coral).

September 10 Log
A colony of Anthothela coral in the Baltimore Canyon at a depth of approximately 600 meters. HR

Closeup view of Paragorgia arborea (bubblegum coral).

September 7 Log
Closeup view of Paragorgia arborea (bubblegum coral).

A wall of mixed corals in Norfolk Canyon.

September 5 Log
A wall of mixed corals in Norfolk Canyon. HR

The Dutch benthic lander safely on the bottom in about 600 meters in Norfolk Canyon.

September 5 Log
The Dutch benthic lander safely on the bottom in about 600 meters in Norfolk Canyon. HR

A small bubblegum coral (above) in Norfolk Canyon compared with a very large bubblegum tree found further up the canyon.

September 5 Log
A small bubblegum coral (above) in Norfolk Canyon compared with a very large bubblegum tree found further up the canyon. HR

Pictured is a very large bubblegum tree found further up the Norfolk canyon than where this small bubblegum coral was found.

September 5 Log
Pictured is a very large bubblegum tree found further up the Norfolk canyon than where the small bubblegum coral was found. HR

Nancy Prouty, Jennie McClain-Counts and Liz Baird make the best use of rough weather by CTD casts and filtering water. HR

September 5 Log
Nancy Prouty, Jennie McClain-Counts and Liz Baird make the best use of rough weather by CTD casts and filtering water. HR

Deepwater Cayons Leg I science crew: (front row left to right)- Mike Rhode, Amanda Demopoulos, Furu Mienis, Katherine Coykendall, Chris Kellogg, Craig Robertson. (Back row left to right) – Kevin Joy, Chris Hartman, Eric Hannaman, Joe Mangiafico, Steve Ross, Sandra Brooke, Gerard Duineveld, Mark Stepanek.

Leg I Summary
Deepwater Cayons Leg I science crew. HR

We ended many days with beautiful sunsets. The UNCW lander on the left will be deployed during Leg 2 of this expedition.

Leg I Summary
We ended many days with beautiful sunsets.  The UNCW lander on the left will be deployed during Leg 2 of this expedition. HR

Bubblegum coral displays many colors.

Leg I Summary
Bubblegum coral displays many colors.

Abandoned commercial fishing trap – one of many seen in Baltimore Canyon.

Leg I Summary
Abandoned commercial fishing trap – one of many seen in Baltimore Canyon.

Plastic debris (right) was not uncommon on some dives.

Leg I Summary
Plastic debris (right) was not uncommon on some dives.

 

 

Cutthroat eels at about 800 m cruise along the soft sandy bottom.

August 27 Log
Cutthroat eels at about 800 m cruise along the soft sandy bottom.

A witch flounder and longfin hake share the bottom.

August 27 Log
A witch flounder and longfin hake share the bottom.

Longfin hake use both walls and reef type habitat for shelter.

August 27 Log
Longfin hake use both walls and reef type habitat for shelter.

Longfin hake are equally adapted to swim along the open soft substrate.

August 27 Log
Longfin hake are equally adapted to swim along the open soft substrate.

A goosefish is well camouflaged in any habitat.

August 27 Log
A goosefish is well camouflaged in any habitat.

The rattail, Nezumia sp. is a common fish at most depths.

August 27 Log
The rattail, Nezumia sp. is a common fish at most depths.

Roughies can occur along the vertical walls in singles or pairs.

August 27 Log
Roughies can occur along the vertical walls in singles or pairs.

Roughies have also been seen in very large aggregations in places in Baltimore Canyon.

August 27 Log
Roughies have also been seen in very large aggregations in places in Baltimore Canyon.

This armored searobin (Peristedion sp.) is one of the more interesting fishes we see at the shallower depths
(usually above 320 m).

August 27 Log
This armored searobin is one of the more interesting fishes we see at the shallower depths (usually above 320 m).

We only had a passing view of this large hammerhead shark as it cruised by the bow of the ROV.

August 27 Log
We only had a passing view of this large hammerhead shark as it cruised by the bow of the ROV.

A blackbelly rosefish perches in a field of anemones and sponges at about 350 m depth in Baltimore Canyon.

August 27 Log
A blackbelly rosefish perches in a field of anemones and sponges at about 350 m depth in Baltimore Canyon.

 

Cutthroat eels at about 800 m cruise along the soft sandy bottom.

August 26 Log
A large fish called a Cusk sheltering under a rocky ledge, surrounded by live seep mussels.

Cutthroat eels at about 800 m cruise along the soft sandy bottom.

August 26 Log
White bacterial mats indicate seep activity.

Cutthroat eels at about 800 m cruise along the soft sandy bottom.

August 26 Log
A red crab trying to crack open a seep mussel, while someone else awaits the outcome with interest!

A patch of live mussels, their bright white siphons clearly visible against their dark shells.

August 26 Log
A patch of live mussels, their bright white siphons clearly visible against their dark shells.

A large white colony of bubblegum coral (Paragorgia arborea) perched on top of a rocky ledge near the mouth of Baltimore Canyon. The dark pink variety is also visible among the branches of the larger white colony

August 24 Log
A large white colony of bubblegum coral perched on top of a rocky ledge near the mouth of Baltimore Canyon. HR

A squat lobster and small Black belly rosefish huddle near a den on a small ledge in Baltimore Canyon.

August 24 Log
A squat lobster and small Black belly rosefish huddle near a den on a small ledge in Baltimore Canyon. HR

A venus flytrap anemone on the lip of a small ridge, with numerous other small animals including anemones, sponges, hydroids and a tiny bubblegum coral.

August 24 Log
A venus flytrap anemone on the lip of a small ridge, with numerous other small animals. HR

 

Dr. Furu Mienis checking the color of the mud sample against a reference set.

August 23 Log
Dr. Furu Mienis checking the color of the mud sample against a reference set.HR

Dr. Mienis preparing to stain some samples for the presence of protein using a dye.

August 23 Log
Dr. Mienis preparing to stain some samples for the presence of protein using a dye. HR

Working with the Box Corer is often hard work, as Dr. Mienis extracts a smaller core for later analysis.

August 23 Log
Working with the Box Corer is often hard work, as Dr. Mienis extracts a smaller core for later analysis. HR

 

Craig Robertson is a Ph.D. candidate from Bangor University in the United Kingdom.

August 22 Log
Craig Robertson is a Ph.D. candidate from Bangor University in the United Kingdom. HR

Craig Robertson rinsing the silt from some of the benthic infauna he collected using the Box Corer. 

August 22 Log
Craig Robertson rinsing the silt from some of the benthic infauna he collected using the Box Corer. HR

From about 10 cm of mud in the Box Corer, Craig might only collect a few tablespoons of benthic infauna.

August 22 Log
From about 10 cm of mud in the Box Corer, Craig might only collect a few tablespoons of benthic infauna. HR

 

Samples of coral from different locations can be used to analyze genetic relatedness and origin.

August 21 Log
Samples of coral from different locations can be used to analyze genetic relatedness and origin.

Samples of coral from different locations can be used to analyze genetic relatedness and origin.

August 21 Log
Samples of coral from different locations can be used to analyze genetic relatedness and origin.

Samples of coral from different locations can be used to analyze genetic relatedness and origin.

August 21 Log
Samples of coral from different locations can be used to analyze genetic relatedness and origin.

Samples of coral from different locations can be used to analyze genetic relatedness and origin.

August 21 Log
Samples of coral from different locations can be used to analyze genetic relatedness and origin.

Gerard Duineveld doing some last minute programming on his lander, BOBO, just prior to launch.

August 20 Log
Gerard Duineveld doing some last minute programming on his lander, BOBO, just prior to launch. HR

 Dr. Sandra Brooke (center), Kevin Joy (right), and Chris Hartman manage the ROV dive from the control van on 18 Aug.

August 18 Log
Dr. Sandra Brooke (center), Kevin Joy (right), and Chris Hartman manage the ROV dive from the control van on 18 Aug. HR

Goosefish (center left) in Baltimore Canyon, 18 Aug.

August 18 Log
Goosefish (center left) in Baltimore Canyon, 18 Aug. HR

Red crabs congregating in Baltimore Canyon.

August 18 Log
Red crabs congregating in Baltimore Canyon. HR

Bubblegum coral, an anemone (lower left), and several small red shrimp on a muddy ridge in Baltimore Canyon.

August 18 Log
Bubblegum coral, an anemone (lower left), and several small red shrimp on a muddy ridge in Baltimore Canyon. HR

 Ship and ROV deck crew await the return of the ROV from a successful dive in Baltimore Canyon. 

August 18 Log
Ship and ROV deck crew await the return of the ROV from a successful dive in Baltimore Canyon.  HR

Kraken II ROV in action on the NOAA ship Nancy Foster. 

August 18 Log
Kraken II ROV in action on the NOAA ship Nancy Foster.  HR

The ‘BOBO’ lander (owned by our Dutch colleagues at NIOZ in the Netherlands), being deployed in Norfolk canyon at 1364 m depth.

August 17 Log
The ‘BOBO’ lander (owned by our Dutch colleagues at NIOZ in the Netherlands), being deployed in Norfolk canyon at 1364 m depth. HR

 The zip ties from the settling plates are held in place by really sticky and strong tape.

August 17 Log
Dr. Brendan Roark (Texas A and M) attaching instruments to the mooring while scientists and deck crew discuss deployment logistics. HR

Dr. Kellogg attaching the settling plates to the Benthic Boundary Layer Observatory (BOBO) lander.

August 16 Log
Dr. Kellogg attaching the settling plates to the Benthic Boundary Layer Observatory lander.

 The zip ties from the settling plates are held in place by really sticky and strong tape.

August 16 Log
The zip ties from the settling plates are held in place by really sticky and strong tape.

The ROV Kraken II on the deck of the ship showing its manipulator arm and suction tube for collecting samples.

Science Objectives
The ROV Kraken II on the deck of the ship showing its manipulator arm and suction tube for collecting samples.

 One of the Benthic Landers we will be deploying during the first leg of the cruise.

Science Objectives
One of the Benthic Landers we will be deploying during the first leg of the cruise.

This image shows the boxcore being recovered off the starboard side of the ship to collect deep sea sediment.

Science Objectives
This image shows the boxcore being recovered off the starboard side of the ship to collect deep sea sediment.

 

 Large colonies of the gorgonian <em>Paragorgia</em>, commonly called the  ‘bubblegum coral’ on the wall of Baltimore canyon.

Hard-bottom Habitats
Large colonies of the gorgonian Paragorgia, commonly called the ‘bubblegum coral’ on the wall of Baltimore canyon.

Fields of white anemones are often seen on low relief rocky pavements in Baltimore and Norfolk canyon.

Hard-bottom Habitats
Fields of white anemones are often seen on low relief rocky pavements in Baltimore and Norfolk canyon.

Gorgonians are diverse and locally abundant on rocky outcroppings within the canyons.

Hard-bottom Habitats
Gorgonians are diverse and locally abundant on rocky outcroppings within the canyons.

 

Map showing study area.

About Canyons
Submarine canyons are dominant features of the outer continental shelf and slope of the US East coast from Cape Hatteras to the Gulf of Maine.

Wolf eelpouts and brittle starfish.

About Canyons
Wolf eelpouts and brittle starfish.

 Cerianthid anemones on mud bottom..

About Canyons
Cerianthid anemones on mud bottom.

Witch flounder.

About Canyons
Witch flounder.

Red crab near rock covered with anemones.

About Canyons
Red crab near rock covered with anemones.

Cerianthid anemones and codlings.

About Canyons
Cerianthid anemones and codlings.

Sea pen and gorgonians.

About Canyons
Sea pen and gorgonians.

 


Benthic Landers
Univ. of North Carolina at Wilmington benthic lander being deployed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Benthic Landers
Univ. of North Carolina at Wilmington benthic lander being deployed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Univ. of North Carolina at Wilmington benthic lander on the bottom in 415 m depth.

Benthic Landers
Univ. of North Carolina at Wilmington benthic lander on the bottom in 415 m depth.  

Netherlands Inst. of Sea Research ALBEX benthic lander that will be used in the Middle Atlantic deep-water canyons.

Benthic Landers
Netherlands Inst. of Sea Research ALBEX benthic lander that will be used in the Middle Atlantic deep-water canyons.

Netherlands Inst. of Sea Research BOBO benthic lander that will be used in the Middle Atlantic deep-water canyons.

Benthic Landers
Netherlands Inst. of Sea Research BOBO benthic lander that will be used in the Middle Atlantic deep-water canyons.

 

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