Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos taken during the Deepwater Canyons 2013 exploration. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information. For video, multiple video formats are available on the linked pages.

(HR) = "High Resolution" images available.

 

Several basket stars rest on a bubblegum coral in Norfolk Canyon.

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Several basket stars rest on a bubblegum coral in Norfolk Canyon. (HR)

A pair of mating deep-sea red crabs rests on a ledge of the canyon wall.

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A pair of mating deep-sea red crabs rests on a ledge of the canyon wall. (HR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Gaidropsarus rests under a ledge covered in live chemosynthetic mussels during the Mid-Atlantic seep dive.

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A Gaidropsarus rests under a ledge covered in live chemosynthetic mussels during the Mid-Atlantic seep dive. (HR)

A crab collected during an evening trawl is photographed on a black background to help with identification and scale measurements.

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A collected crab is photographed on a black background to help with identification and scale measurements. (HR)

A shrimp rests on a deep-sea coral next to an egg mass.

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A shrimp rests on a deep-sea coral next to an egg mass. (HR)

A squat lobster takes up residence on a deep sea coral (Primnoa species).

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A squat lobster takes up residence on a deep sea coral (Primnoa species). (HR)

Hundreds of catsharks, or chainlink dogfish, rest on one of the Billy Mitchell fleet shipwrecks.

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Hundreds of catsharks, or chainlink dogfish, rest on one of the Billy Mitchell fleet shipwrecks. (HR)

The capstan of one of the German destroyers is covered and damaged by derelict fishing gear.

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The capstan of one of the German destroyers is covered and damaged by derelict fishing gear. (HR)

NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown as seen from the small transfer boat.

May 26 Log
NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown as seen from the small transfer boat. (HR)

Shipwrecks not only have a historical story to tell, but are also teeming with life.

May 26 Log
Shipwrecks not only have a historical story to tell, but are also teeming with life. (HR)

Graduate students Esprit Saucier, Alanna Casey, and NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research archaeologist Frank Cantelas work with ROV Jason team

May 26 Log
Graduate students Esprit Saucier, Alanna Casey, and archaeologist Frank Cantelas work with ROV Jason team(HR)

ROV Jason is launched from NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown.

May 25 Log
ROV Jason is launched from NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown. (HR)

Eddie Dow checks to make sure all of the systems on ROV Jason are prepared for the dive.

May 25 Log
Eddie Dow checks to make sure all of the systems on ROV Jason are prepared for the dive. (HR)

Lisa Borden prepares ROV Jason for the final dive of the project.

May 25 Log
Lisa Borden prepares ROV Jason for the final dive of the project. (HR)

ROV Jason collects push-core samples during the Deepwater Canyons expedition.

May 25 Log
ROV Jason collects push-core samples during the Deepwater Canyons expedition. (HR)

Cidaroid (pencil) urchin collected with the Jason II remotely operated vehicle on NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown.

May 24 Log
Cidaroid (pencil) urchin collected with the Jason II remotely operated vehicle on NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown. (HR)

Pluteus larva of Cidaris blakei.

May 24 Log
Pluteus larva of Cidaris blakei. (HR)

Coelopluerus sp., urchin collected with the Jason II remotely operated vehicle.

May 24 Log
Coelopluerus sp., urchin collected with the Jason II remotely operated vehicle. (HR)

BOEM Archaeologist James Moore lays out survey track lines and interprets multibeam data.

May 23 Log
BOEM Archaeologist James Moore lays out survey track lines and interprets multibeam data. (HR)

Scientists and crew aboard NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown anxiously await the results of multibeam surveys, hoping to identify new shipwrecks.

May 23 Log
Scientists and crew await multibeam survey results, hoping to identify new shipwrecks. (HR)

This high-resolution multibeam sonar image of a shipwreck on the continental shelf near Norfolk Canyon.

May 23 Log
This high-resolution multibeam sonar image of a shipwreck on the continental shelf near Norfolk Canyon.

After an early morning radio call, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer met NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown to deliver the replacement part for the EM122 multibeam sonar.

May 22 Log
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer met NOAA Ship Ron Brown to deliver a replacement part. (HR)

After repairing the multibeam system, Kongsberg representative Tony Dahlheim, data manager Keith Vangraafeiland, and archaeologist Frank Cantelas assess the live multibeam feed

May 22 Log
After repairing the multibeam system, the live multibeam feed is assessed. (HR)

ROV Jason prepares to cut free an abandoned fishing net

May 22 Log
ROV Jason prepares to cut free an abandoned fishing net. (HR)

Large colonies of bubblegum coral make the canyon walls their home.

May 21 Log
Large colonies of bubblegum coral make the canyon walls their home. (HR)

Samples collected by trawling will be used to assess diversity and community ecology

May 21 Log
Samples collected by trawling will be used to assess diversity and community ecology. (HR)

ROV Jason collects sediment push cores that USGS scientists will use

May 21 Log
ROV Jason collects sediment push cores that USGS scientists will use for analyses. (HR)

Amphipods like this were attracted to the lights on the ROV Jason which made sampling difficult.

May 20 Log
Amphipods like this were attracted to the lights on the ROV Jason which made sampling difficult. (HR)

A Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, stops by for a visit during one of the dives of the Pathways to the Abyss cruise.

May 20 Log
Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, stops by for a visit during one of the dives of the Pathways to the Abyss cruise. (HR)

Sample of corallimorphs collected by ROV Jason

May 20 Log
Sample of corallimorphs collected by ROV Jason. (HR)

Similar to what was experienced by ROV Jason, remote exploration is made difficult for NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's new ROV as its lights and cameras are swarmed by shrimp

May 20 Log
The lights and cameras of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's new ROV are swarmed by shrimp. (HR)

Multiple catsharks and catshark egg casings rest on suspended fishing line.

May 20 Log
Multiple catsharks and catshark egg casings rest on suspended fishing line. (HR)

the diversity of marine life is on shipwrecks is often higher than in surrounding areas.

May 20 Log
The diversity of marine life is on shipwrecks is often higher than in surrounding areas. (HR)

The Jason remotely operated vehicle is lifted into the water for the first dive of Leg II.

May 20 Log
The Jason remotely operated vehicle is lifted into the water for the first dive of Leg II. (HR)

Jennifer McClain-Counts processes samples collected from shipwrecks.

May 20 Log
Jennifer McClain-Counts processes samples collected from shipwrecks. (HR)

Archaeologists Jimmy Moore, Frank Cantelas, Rod Mather, and Gordon Watts conduct reconnaissance on the first shipwreck from the ROV van.

May 19 Log
Archaeologists conduct reconnaissance on the first shipwreck from the ROV van. (HR)

Maya Watts discovers minutes-old larval fish. Fish hatched from samples collected during the first leg of the cruise.

May 19 Log
Maya Watts discovers minutes-old larval fish hatched from samples collected during the first leg of the cruise. (HR)

Minutes-old larval fish under the microscope.

May 19 Log
Minutes-old larval fish under the microscope. (HR)

Eels of the genus Dysommina were common at many hard vertical walls

May 19 Log
A bythitid snakes its way through a cluster of brightly colored corals and brittle stars. (HR)

Witch flounder, a flatfish seen on level bottom habitats which, like the goosefish, relies on camouflage to hide itself.

May 19 Log
Witch flounder, a flatfish seen on level bottom habitats which relies on camouflage to hide itself. (HR)

A small fish of the family Bythitidae pokes its head out near a brisingid sea star and hard coral skeleton.

May 19 Log
A small fish of the family Bythitidae pokes its head out near a brisingid sea star and hard coral skeleton. (HR)

This strange looking, unidentified species of deep-sea shark was seen several times.

May 19 Log
This strange looking, unidentified species of deep-sea shark was seen several times. (HR)

A bythitid snakes its way through a cluster of brightly colored corals and brittle stars.

May 19 Log
Eels of the genus Dysommina were common at many hard vertical walls. (HR)

A goosefish, a type of anglerfish, lying in wait on the flat seafloor.

May 19 Log
A goosefish, a type of anglerfish, lying in wait on the flat seafloor. (HR)

A fish of the family Oreosomatidae, or oreo for short, gliding along the canyon wall.

May 19 Log
A fish of the family Oreosomatidae, or oreo for short, gliding along the canyon wall.(HR)

Blackbelly rosefish – these striking fish are fairly common in the rocky canyon habitats.

May 19 Log
Blackbelly rosefish – these striking fish are fairly common in the rocky canyon habitats. (HR)

Jason briefly caught this larger shark swimming along a rock wall.

May 19 Log
Jason briefly caught this larger shark swimming along a rock wall. (HR)

The diversity of coral species on the canyon walls was quite high at times.

May 17 Log
The diversity of coral species on the canyon walls was quite high at times. (HR)

Cup corals (Desmophyllum) growing around an anemone on a mud-covered ledge.

May 17 Log
Cup corals growing around an anemone on a mud-covered ledge. (HR)

A cross-section view of Desmophyllum, revealing its internal structure.

May 17 Log
A cross-section view of Desmophyllum, revealing its internal structure. (HR)

A black coral growing on a vertical wall in Norfolk Canyon.

May 16 Log
A black coral growing on a vertical wall in Norfolk Canyon. (HR)

Executive Officer – Commander Liz Kretovic

May 16 Log
A coral skeleton, likely Primnoa, collected by Jason and photographed in the wet lab. (HR)

A cluster of two species of deep-sea coral skeletons grown together

May 16 Log
A cluster of two species of deep-sea coral skeletons grown together. (HR)

Close-up of the above coral branch, showing a cross-section of its growth bands.

May 16 Log
Close-up of the above coral branch, showing a cross-section of its growth bands. (HR)

Commanding Officer – Captain Mark Pickett

May 14 Log
Commanding Officer – Captain Mark Pickett (HR)

Executive Officer – Commander Liz Kretovic

May 14 Log
Executive Officer – Commander Liz Kretovic (HR)

Operations Officer – Lieutenant Paul Chamberlain

May 14 Log
Operations Officer – Lieutenant Paul Chamberlain (HR)

Medical Officer – Lieutenant Madeleine Adler

May 14 Log
Medical Officer – Lieutenant Madeleine Adler (HR)

Navigation Officer – Ensign Aaron Colohan

May 14 Log
Navigation Officer – Ensign Aaron Colohan (HR)

Junior Officer – Ensign Jim Rosenberg

May 14 Log
Junior Officer – Ensign Jim Rosenberg

an octopus, basket star, bivalves, and dozens of cup coral all share the same overhang

May 13 Log
An octopus, sea star, bivalves, and dozens of cup coral all share the same overhang. (HR)

Flabellum, a solitary cup coral, with its tentacles extended into the water column.

May 13 Log
Flabellum, a solitary cup coral, with its tentacles extended into the water column. (HR)

A small cluster of Lophelia coral growing on a vertical rock wall in Norfolk Canyon.

May 13 Log
A small cluster of Lophelia coral growing on a vertical rock wall in Norfolk Canyon. (HR)

A squat lobster makes its home among various deep-sea corals.

May 13 Log
A squat lobster makes its home among various deep-sea corals. (HR)

Close-up of a crinoid attached to bubblegum coral (Paragorgia).

May 11 Log
Close-up of a crinoid attached to bubblegum coral (Paragorgia). (HR)

Wet lab photograph of a Primnoa sample with a shark or skate egg case attached.

May 11 Log
Wet lab photograph of a Primnoa sample with a shark or skate egg case attached. (HR)

Ultraviolet light illuminates the growth rings in a cross section of a 44-year-old deep-sea coral.

May 11 Log
Ultraviolet light illuminates the growth rings in a cross section of a 44-year-old deep-sea coral.

Red bubblegum coral (Paragorgia) and several colonies of Primnoa occupy a boulder in close proximity to an anemone and sea star.

May 11 Log
Red bubblegum coral and colonies of Primnoa occupy a boulder near an anemone and sea star. (HR)

Steve Ross (center) identifies species found in one of the initial trawls, while (clockwise from L) Esprit Saucier, John Tomczuk, Katharine Coykendall, and Cheryl Morrison look on.

May 10 Log
Steve Ross identifies species found in one of the initial trawls, while others look on. (HR)

Amanda Demopoulos and Sandra Brooke examine pancake urchins (deep-sea relatives of sand dollars) brought up with the trawl.

May 10 Log
Amanda Demopoulos and Sandra Brooke examine pancake urchins brought up with the trawl. (HR)

Marc Lavaleye and Craig Robertson hose down samples to remove mud, prior to sorting by species.

May 10 Log
Marc Lavaleye and Craig Robertson hose down samples to remove mud, prior to sorting by species. (HR)

A lithodid crab seen on the mussel bed at 1,600 meters.

May 8 Log
A lithodid crab seen on the mussel bed at 1,600 meters. (HR)

Methane gas bubbles rise from the seafloor

May 8 Log
Methane gas bubbles rise from the seafloor. (HR)

Jason collects a sea urchin and a few mussels from the expansive mussel bed

May 8 Log
Jason collects a sea urchin and a few mussels from the expansive mussel bed. (HR)

A species of rockling (Family Lotidae), related to hakes and cods, rests among the mussels.

May 8 Log
A species of rockling (Family Lotidae), related to hakes and cods, rests among the mussels. HR)

A sediment sample is extracted from one of the push cores deployed by Jason.

May 7 Log
A sediment sample is extracted from one of the push cores deployed by Jason. (HR)

A syllid polychaete worm found within with a dead Desmophyllum coral skeleton

May 7 Log
A syllid polychaete worm found within a dead Desmophyllum coral skeleton. (HR)

An unidentified gastropod (Family: Columbellidae) collected with Jason’s suction sampler

May 7 Log
An unidentified gastropod (Family: Columbellidae) collected with Jason’s suction sampler. (HR)

Jason inserts push cores into the muddy bottom with one of its manipulator arms.

May 7 Log
Jason inserts push cores into the muddy bottom with one of its manipulator arms. (HR)

The CTD is grabbed and hauled back onboard after collecting seawater and data.

May 5 Log
The CTD is grabbed and hauled back onboard after collecting seawater and data. (HR)

Scientist Nancy Prouty collects water from the Niskin bottles on the CTD after deployment.

May 5 Log
Scientist Nancy Prouty collects water from the Niskin bottles on the CTD after deployment. (HR)

The catch from a trawl is brought inside and sorted in the lab.

May 5 Log
The catch from a trawl is brought inside and sorted in the lab. (HR)

Christina Kellogg and Mike Gray hope to compare bacterial communities present on Primnoa resedaeformis corals.

May 4 Log
Christina Kellogg and Mike Gray hope to compare bacterial communities on Primnoa resedaeformis corals.

a set of green-labled sampling containers, the quiver, that will house any specimens of Primnoa found and collected at Norfolk Canyon.

May 4 Log
A set of green-labled sampling containers, the ‘quiver’, that will house any specimens of Primnoa collected. (HR)

Co-Chief Scientist Steve Ross identifies targets for the first ROV dive at the nightly science meeting.

May 2 Log
Co-chief scientist Steve Ross identifies targets for the first ROV dive at the nightly science meeting. (HR)

The Woods Hole crew hoists Jason into the water for its first dive on Norfolk Canyon.

May 2 Log
The Woods Hole crew hoists Jason into the water for its first dive on Norfolk Canyon. (HR)

Proposed ROV dive areas (Boxes A-F and S) for Leg I in Norfolk Canyon.

May 2 Log
Proposed ROV dive areas (Boxes A-F and S) for Leg I in Norfolk Canyon. (HR)

Box core and CTD sampling stations in Norfolk Canyon.

May 2 Log
Box core and CTD sampling stations in Norfolk Canyon. (HR)

NOAA Ship Ron Brown docked in Charleston, South Carolina, a few hours prior to setting off.

April 30 Log
NOAA Ship Ron Brown docked in Charleston, South Carolina, a few hours prior to setting off. (HR)

The Jason remotely operated vehicle (ROV) sits on the aft deck of the Ron Brown.

April 30 Log
The Jason remotely operated vehicle (ROV) sits on the aft deck of the Ron Brown. (HR)

Crew members prepare the CTD rosette

April 30
Crew members prepare the CTD rosette. (HR)

The remotely operated vehicle Jason II on the deck of the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown.

Mission Introduction
The remotely operated vehicle Jason II on the deck of the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown. (HR)

Two University of North Carolina-Wilmington Benthic Landers that were deployed in 2012.

Science Objectives
Two University of North Carolina-Wilmington Benthic Landers that were deployed in 2012. (HR)

the NIOZ boxcore being recovered off the starboard side of the ship to collect deep-sea sediment

Science Objectives
The NIOZ boxcore being recovered off the starboard side of the ship to collect deep-sea sediment. (HR)

Fishing gear damage to one of the destroyers from the Billy Mitchell Fleet.

Archaeology
Fishing gear damage to one of the destroyers from the “Billy Mitchell Fleet.”

Ballast brick from one of the destroyers from the Billy Mitchell Fleet.

Archaeology
Ballast brick from one of the destroyers from the “Billy Mitchell Fleet.”

A UNCW lander after one year on the bottom in 400 meters

Hunt for Benthic Landers
A UNCW lander after one year on the bottom in 400 meters.

Multibeam sonar map of a deep-sea coral area off Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

Hunt for Benthic Landers
Multibeam sonar map of a deep-sea coral area off Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

Examples of the intense and huge volume of data produced during a one year lander deployment at 480 meters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hunt for Benthic Landers
Examples of the intense and huge volume of data produced during a one year lander deployment.

Ballast brick from one of the destroyers from the Billy Mitchell Fleet.

Hunt for Benthic Landers
A UNCW lander after one year on the bottom in 400 meters.

Changes in seafloor mapping technology have improved our ability to conduct effective exploration and research.

Past, Present, and Future Perspectives
Changes in mapping technology have improved exploration and research.

Multibeam sonar map of a deep-sea coral area off Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

Past, Present, and Future Perspectives
Images of a methane cold seep from 1981 and 2012.

 

 

 

 

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