Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos taken during the Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014 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.

Videos

The Mohawk ROV captures a Conch live in a seagrass meadow.

video August 25 Log
The Mohawk ROV captures a Conch live in a seagrass meadow. (Video)

 ISIIS can be towed behind the ship for many hours, planing up and down to sample different depths in the water column

video August 23 Log
ISIIS can be towed behind the ship for many hours, planing up and down to sample different depths in the water column. (Video)

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington remotely operated vehicle recorded over 40 hours of video on Pulley Ridge

video August 22 Log
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington remotely operated vehicle recorded over 40 hours of video on Pulley Ridge. (Video)

Ambushing Lionfish sometimes use gorgonians to camouflage themselves from their prey

video August 21 Log
Ambushing Lionfish sometimes use gorgonians to camouflage themselves from their prey. (Video)

The Revolution fish-surveying device passively captures video of fish during a deployment on Pulley Ridge

video August 19 Log
The Revolution fish-surveying device passively captures video of fish during a deployment on Pulley Ridge. (Video)

The remotely operated vehicle’s camera captures a spawning aggregation of sea urchins on Pulley Ridge

video August 17 Log
The remotely operated vehicle’s camera captures a spawning aggregation of sea urchins on Pulley Ridge. (Video)

On June 18, 2014, eight of us set out on a 10-day research cruise aboard the M/V Spree

video June 2014 Sampling Cruise
On June 18, 2014, eight of us set out on a 10-day research cruise aboard the M/V Spree. (Video)

 

 

 

 

 

Images

A high diversity of plants and animals including sponges.

Mission Summary
A high diversity of plants and animals including sponges. (HR)

The seagrass Halophila decipens is ecologically important despite its small size.

August 25 Log
The seagrass Halophila decipens is ecologically important despite its small size. (HR)

A diverse coral reef dominated by the hard coral, Montastraea cavernosa.

August 25 Log
A diverse coral reef dominated by the hard coral, Montastraea cavernosa. (HR)

The dominant organisms of the sand plains are macroalgae, primarily chlorophytes (green algae).

August 25 Log
The dominant organisms of the sand plains are macroalgae, primarily chlorophytes (green algae). (HR)

Purchasing three of the drones like this one would cost less than a half-day charter of a helicopter with camera.

August 24 Log
Purchasing three of the drones like this one would cost less than a half-day charter of a helicopter with camera. (HR)

A GoPro camera on the support diver’s helmet records deployment of the plankton light traps.

August 24 Log
A GoPro camera on the support diver’s helmet records deployment of the plankton light traps. (HR)

The GoPro camera and the drone camera provide unique perspectives.

August 24 Log
The GoPro camera and the drone camera provide unique perspectives. (HR)

The stunning intricacy of a ctenophore is revealed in this In-situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System (ISIIS) image

August 23 Log
The intricacy of a ctenophore is revealed in this In-situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System (ISIIS) image. (HR)


A siphonophore, appendicularians, mysid shrimp, diliolid, cheatognath, and radiolarians pass in front of the In-situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System (ISIIS) imaging sensor

August 23 Log
Images from the In-situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System (ISIIS) imaging sensor. (HR)


large patches (up to 60 meters across) of nearly continuous plate coral Agaricia

August 22 Log
Large patches of nearly continuous plate coral Agaricia. (HR)


A large number of small colonies of plate coral Agaricia.

August 22 Log
A large number of small colonies of plate coral Agaricia. (HR)

The job of the “Community Structure Team” is to document the ecologically important benthic community of Pulley Ridge.

August 22 Log
The “Community Structure Team” documenting the ecologically important benthic community of Pulley Ridge. (HR)


West Pulley Ridge outside the Habitat Area of Particular Concern

August 21 Log
West Pulley Ridge outside the Habitat Area of Particular Concern. (HR)


Examples of corals commonly found on Pulley Ridge

August 21 Log
Examples of corals commonly found on Pulley Ridge. (HR)


Close up of a giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta

August 21 Log
Close up of a giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta. (HR)


‘The Revolution’ developed by Dr. Christopher Koenig

August 19 Log
‘The Revolution’ developed by Dr. Christopher Koenig. (HR)


A pair of Silky sharks glide by a ‘Revolution’ survey device in this picture taken from video

August 19 Log
A pair of Silky sharks glide by a ‘Revolution’ survey device in this picture taken from video. (HR)


The industrious Red Grouper establishes complex habitat on the seafloor along Pulley Ridge

August 18 Log
The industrious Red Grouper establishes complex habitat on the seafloor along Pulley Ridge. (HR)


A curtain of small Tom Tates and Vermillion Snapper finds refuge in a Red Grouper hole

August 18 Log
A curtain of small Tom Tates and Vermillion Snapper finds refuge in a Red Grouper hole. (HR)


The invasive Lionfish has been found in increasing numbers at Red Grouper holes at Pulley Ridge

August 18 Log
The invasive Lionfish has been found in increasing numbers at Red Grouper holes at Pulley Ridge. (HR)


Many fish species, coral, algae and invertebrates take up residence in Red Grouper holes

August 18 Log
Many fish species, coral, algae and invertebrates take up residence in Red Grouper holes. (HR)


Mohawk ROV, the newest member of the University of North Carolina at Wilminton Undersea Vehicle Program team

August 17 Log
Mohawk ROV, the newest member of the University of North Carolina at Wilminton Undersea Vehicle Program team. (HR)

Jason White pilots the Mohawk remotely operated vehicle from the lab of the R/V Walton Smith

August 17 Log
Jason White pilots the Mohawk remotely operated vehicle from the lab of the R/V Walton Smith. (HR)


Lance Horn manages the tether as the remotely operated vehicle moves away from the research vessel after hitting the water

August 17 Log
The remotely operated vehicle moves away from the research vessel after hitting the water. (HR)


Cedric Guigand deploys light traps in the evening.

August 16 Log
Cedric Guigand deploys light traps in the evening. (HR)


The Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014 Expedition prepares to set sail.

August 16 Log
The Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014 Expedition prepares to set sail. (HR)

Jason White and LT Heather Moe recover the Mohawk 18 ROV to the deck of the Walton Smith

August 16 Log
The Mohawk 18 ROV is recovered the to the deck of the Walton Smith. (HR)


The Mohawk 18 ROV makes its way to the stern of the F.G. Walton Smith

August 16 Log
The Mohawk 18 ROV makes its way to the stern of the F.G. Walton Smith. (HR)


The Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014 Expedition prepares to set sail.

August 14 Log
The Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014 Expedition prepares to set sail. (HR)

Eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) hang out in the tidal current in Bear Cut

August 14 Log
Eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) hang out in the tidal current in Bear Cut. (HR)

The Miami coastline from the F.G. Walton Smith as we begin our transit to Pulley Ridge

August 14 Log
The Miami coastline from the F.G. Walton Smith as we begin our transit to Pulley Ridge. (HR)

A scamp grouper at 320 feet off the Dry Tortugas.

Background
A scamp grouper at 320 feet off the Dry Tortugas. (HR)

Map of project area showing Pulley Ridge, off the west coast of Florida.

Mission Plan
Map of project area showing Pulley Ridge, off the west coast of Florida. (HR)

In 2014, we will be using a new remotely operated vehicle, the SubAtlantic Mohawk 18.

Mission Plan
In 2014, we will be using a new remotely operated vehicle, the SubAtlantic Mohawk 18. (HR)

A larval squirrelfish of the Family Holocentridae.

Mission Plan
A larval squirrelfish of the Family Holocentridae. (HR)

 The University of Miami's technical dive team installs an acoustic Doppler current profiler.

Project Overview
The University of Miami's dive team installs an acoustic Doppler current profiler. (HR)

A view of the screen image from a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) of plate corals, Agaricia sp., on Pulley Ridge at 68 m.

Project Overview
A view of the screen image from a remotely operated vehicle of plate corals on Pulley Ridge. (HR)

Understanding the value of the commercial fish species present at Pulley Ridge, such as the red grouper, Ephinephelus morio, is a key research objective for this project.

Project Overview
Understanding the value of the commercial fish species present at Pulley Ridge is a key research objective. (HR)

Technical divers sending up a lift bag with the collected samples.

June 2014 Sampling
Technical divers sending up a lift bag with the collected samples. (HR)

Target species collected from Pulley Ridge and Dry Tortugas

June 2014 Sampling
Target species collected from Pulley Ridge and Dry Tortugas in June. (HR)

Rebreathers greatly reduce the amount of gear required and increase safety and bottom time.

June 2014 Sampling
Rebreathers reduce the amount of gear required and increase safety and bottom time. (HR)

The locations of the three NOAA-funded, bottom-mounted physical oceanography moorings are shown with red dots at Pulley Ridge and in the Dry Tortugas.

Physical Connectivity
Locations of three bottom-mounted physical oceanography moorings are shown with red dots. (HR)

2. Sea surface height and surface currents (color contours and black arrows) calculated from the FKEYS-HYCOM model are shown above for four dates in June 2013.

Physical Connectivity
Sea surface height and surface currents calculated from FKEYS-HYCOM model for dates in June 2013. (HR)

trajectories from surface drifters deployed around the region in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Physical Connectivity
Trajectories from surface drifters deployed around the region in 2011, 2012, and 2013. (HR)

Light traps are used to collect larvae for studies of potential connectivity among marine habitats.

Coral Connectivity
Light traps are used to collect larvae for studies of potential connectivity among marine habitats. (HR)

Connectivity is not always a good thing. Ecological connectivity can also bring new pathogens, diseases, or invasive species.

Coral Connectivity
Ecological connectivity can also bring new pathogens, diseases, or invasive species. (HR)

Coral reefs are declining in many areas of the Wider Caribbean.

Coral Connectivity
Coral reefs are declining in many areas of the Wider Caribbean. (HR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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