Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos associated with or taken during the Bioluminescence and Vision on the Deep Seafloor 2015 expedition. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information.

(HR) = "High Resolution" images available.

Videos

Medusa Timelapse video

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Medusa Timelapse video. (Video)

ROV Timelapse video

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ROV Timelapse video. (Video)

July 19 - Dive 8, clip 8

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A cutthroat eel.  Family Synaphobranchidae. (Video)

July 19 - Dive 8, clip 7

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Purple holothurian, also known as a sea cucumber. Benthothuria funebris. (Video)

July 19 - Dive 8, clip 6

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Nematocarcinus being caught by suction sampler. (Video)

July 25 Log

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ROV entering brine pool. (Video)

July 19 - Dive 8, clip 4

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Walking sea urchin. Aspidodiadema jacobyi. (Video)

July 19 - Dive 8, clip 66

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Scaphopod walking. (Video)

July 22 - Dive 14, clip 20

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Gastroptychus sitting on anthozoans. (Video)

 July 19 - Dive 8, clip 1

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Sea pen called Umbellula. (Video)

July 22 - Dive 13, clip 3

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Galatheoid crabs and scaleworm on sunken log . (Video)

July 22 - Dive 14, clip 41

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Nematocarcinus walking on bottom. (Video)

July 22 - Dive 13, clip 1

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Cusk eel. (Video)

 July 24 - Dive 17, clip 113

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Deepwater skate, Acanthobatis folirostris. (Video)

July 20 - Dive 10, clip 1

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Eel-like fish called a halosaur. Aldrovandia. (Video)

 July 18 - Dive 7, clip 1

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The shrimp Bathypalaemonella sitting in a soft coral called Iridogorgia. (Video)

July 16 Log

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Sampling bacterial clump. (Video)

December 14 Log

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Crab picking food off of tubeworms. (Video)

July 24 Log

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Beardfish Polymixia sp. (Video)

July 25 Log

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Rattail above brine pool. (Video)

 

Images

Glyphocrangon on the seafloor. July 28 Log
Glyphocrangon on the seafloor. (HR)

The silver Faraday cage is used to block out electrical noise. July 28 Log
The silver Faraday cage is used to block out electrical noise. (HR)

Bathypaleomanella in Chrysogorgia coral. July 28 Log
Bathypaleomanella in bamboo coral. (HR)

Bathypaleomanella in Iridogorgia coral. July 28 Log
Bathypaleomanella in Iridogorgia coral. (HR)

Sea cucumber resting on the seafloor. July 28 Log
Sea cucumber resting on the seafloor. (HR)

Sea cucumber making a quick escape. July 28 Log
Sea cucumber making a quick escape. (HR)

The ROV manipulator moving in to collect a seastar from the bottom. July 27 Log
The ROV manipulator moving in to collect a seastar from the bottom. (HR)

What the ROV looks like once it has hit the deck and the scientists descend upon it to collect all of the samples recovered from bottom. July 27 Log
The ROV once it hits the deck and the scientists descend upon it to collect all of the samples recovered from bottom. (HR)

Sonke practicing using the manipulator to collect a sample and deposit it into the bio box. July 27 Log
Sonke practicing using the manipulator to collect a sample and deposit it into the bio box. (HR)

Decapod diversity on a single rock. July 26 Log
Decapod diversity on a single rock. (HR)

Heather and her new friend—Plesiopenaeus armatus. July 26 Log
Heather and her new friend—Plesiopenaeus armatus. (HR)

Uroptychus nitidus. July 26 Log
Uroptychus nitidus. (HR)

Heather with ROV Global Explorer. July 26 Log
Heather with ROV Heather with ROV Global Explorer.. (HR)

Amphipods collected from a glass sponge. July 26 Log
Amphipods collected from a glass sponge. (HR)

Venus fly trap anemone. July 25 Log
Venus fly trap anemone. (HR)

Umbellula sea pen. July 25 Log
Umbellula sea pen. (HR)

Octopus. July 25 Log
Octopus. (HR)

Swimming elasipod holothuroid (sea cucumber). July 25 Log
Swimming elasipod holothuroid (sea cucumber). (HR)

Goosefish. July 25 Log
Goosefish. (HR)

Chaceon sp. crab. July 25 Log
Chaceon sp. crab. (HR)

Found it! July 24 Log
Found it! (HR)

Medusa at 1,914 meters. July 24 Log
Medusa at 1,914 meters. (HR)

Handoff of the Medusa from the ROV to the ship. July 24 Log
Handoff of the Medusa from the ROV to the ship. (HR)

Removing syntactic foam blocks from Medusa to weigh. July 24 Log
Removing syntactic foam blocks from Medusa to weigh. (HR)

Still frame of a deep-sea shrimp Plesiopenaeus from last Medusa deployment. July 24 Log
Still frame of a deep-sea shrimp Plesiopenaeus from last Medusa deployment. (HR)

Still frame of the giant isopod Bathynomous from last Medusa deployment. July 24 Log
Still frame of the giant isopod Bathynomous from last Medusa deployment. (HR)

Still frame of a rattail from the last Medusa deployment. July 24 Log
Still frame of a rattail from the last Medusa deployment. (HR)

The deep-sea pandalid shrimp Heterocarpus ensifer and a photo of the same animal ‘vomiting’ light from glands located near its mouth. July 23 Log
A deep-sea pandalid shrimp and a photo of the same animal ‘vomiting’ light from glands located near its mouth. (HR)

Jamie (right) and Tony (left) at the controls of the ROV Global Explorer. July 23 Log
Jamie (right) and Tony (left) at the controls of the ROV Global Explorer. (HR)

This is not a tropical sunset, though we have seen many beautiful ones. July 23 Log
This is not a tropical sunset, though we have seen many beautiful ones. (HR)

The image on the left is an in situ photograph of a hormathiid anemone. In the image on the right is the light emitted from the same animal. The emitted light is blue and comes from a mucous secretion. The animal is not actually red, but we briefly shine a red LED on it to show where it is. July 23 Log
In situ photograph of a hormathiid anemone and image of light emitted from the same animal. (HR)

The image on the left is an in situ photograph that shows a number of deep-sea coral and anemones. The large white coral on the right is called a bamboo coral (from the family Isisdidae). The image on the light shows blue light emitted from a branch of the same bamboo coral. July 23 Log
In situ photograph of a number of deep-sea coral and anemones and blue light emitted from a branch of the same bamboo coral. (HR)

The image on the left is an in situ photograph of a sea pen called Umbellula. On the right is light emitted from the same animal. Note that the light comes from the base of each polyp (the flower-like structures you see in the right image). Again, a red LED was used to show the shape and position of the animal. July 23 Log
In situ photograph of a sea pen and photo of light emitted from the same animal. (HR)

The image on the left is an in situ photograph of a coral called Iridogorgia. On the right is light emitted from a few branches of the same animal. Note that the light is confined to the polyps. July 23 Log
In situ photograph of a coral called Iridogorgia and light emitted from a few branches of the same animal. (HR)

Last view of Medusa with legs removed and rigged in moored mode with sacrificial weight hanging about a foot below the base. July 22 Log
Last view of Medusa with legs removed and sacrificial weight hanging about a foot below the base. (HR)

The galvanized timed release (GTR) link that should have corroded through in 28 hours to release the weight.

July 22 Log
The galvanized timed release link that should have corroded through in 28 hours to release the weight. (HR)

Dr. Charles Messing identifying collected specimens.

July 21 Log
Dr. Charles Messing identifying collected specimens. (HR)

Example of some specimen bits preserved in RNA Later for genetic profiling.

July 21 Log
Example of some specimen bits preserved in RNA Later for genetic profiling. (HR)

Example of some specimens preserved in 70 percent ethanol.

July 21 Log
Example of some specimens preserved in 70 percent ethanol. (HR)

Iridogorgia octocoral preserved in 10 percent formalin.

July 21 Log
Iridogorgia octocoral preserved in 10 percent formalin. (HR)

Dr. Messing heat sealing a formalin preserved specimen for transport.

July 21 Log
Dr. Messing heat sealing a formalin preserved specimen for transport. (HR)

Possible new sighting of Thaumatocrinus jungerseni (ID source: Clark & Clark, 1967). 

July 21 Log
Possible new sighting of Thaumatocrinus jungerseni

Retrieving the Medusa on the side of the ship.

July 20 Log
Retrieving the Medusa on the side of the ship. (HR)

A cutthroat eel, Synaphobranchid, from Medusa video capture.

July 20 Log
A cutthroat eel, Synaphobranchid, from Medusa video capture. (HR)

Medusa being lowered into the ocean.

July 20 Log
Medusa being lowered into the ocean. (HR)

Medusa being lifted onto the ship's deck.

July 20 Log
Medusa being lifted onto the ship's deck. (HR)

R/V Pelican in dock ready to depart on the Bioluminescence and Vision on the Deep Seafloor 2015 expedition.

July 19 Log
R/V Pelican in dock ready to depart on the Bioluminescence and Vision 2015 expedition. (HR)

Wetlab research facility aboard the R/V Pelican.

July 19 Log
Wetlab research facility aboard the R/V Pelican. (HR)

Common room used for watching video feeds from the ROV Global Explorer.

July 19 Log
Common room used for watching video feeds from the ROV Global Explorer. (HR)

The fourth day of the expedition arrives and once again we are ready to explore that alien world deep beneath the surface of the Gulf.

July 18 Log
The fourth day of the expedition arrives and we are ready to explore deep beneath the surface of the Gulf. (HR)

Wetlab research facility aboard the R/V Pelican.

July 19 Log
Wetlab research facility aboard the R/V Pelican. (HR)

Dr. Bracken-Grissom and one of our shrimp specimens.

July 18 Log
Dr. Bracken-Grissom and one of our shrimp specimens. (HR)

Carefully deploying the ROV Global Explorer to go and collect some deep-sea crustaceans!

July 18 Log
Carefully deploying the ROV Global Explorer to go and collect some deep-sea crustaceans! (HR)

Squat lobsters being studied after collection (left) and in their natural habitat (right).

July 18 Log
Squat lobsters being studied after collection (left) and in their natural habitat (right). (HR)

Crabs intertwined.

July 18 Log
Crabs intertwined. (HR)

Sunset over a distant oil rig.

July 17 Log
Sunset over a distant oil rig. (HR)

Sönke Johnsen holds the fiber optic probe to a color standard.

July 17 Log
Sönke Johnsen holds the fiber optic probe to a color standard. (HR)

A pink sea anemone and two brittle stars on a branching coral.

July 17 Log
A pink sea anemone and two brittle stars on a branching coral. (HR)

The coral, Chrysogorgia, under regular white light (left) and with bioluminescence (right).

July 17 Log
The coral, Chrysogorgia, under regular white light (left) and with bioluminescence (right). (HR)

The coral, Chrysogorgia, with the crab, Uroptychus.

July 17 Log
The coral, Chrysogorgia, with the crab, Uroptychus. (HR)

A view of the wetlab aboard the R/V Pelican before equipment setup.

July 16 Log
A view of the wetlab aboard the R/V Pelican before equipment setup. (HR)

A view of the wetlab aboard the R/V Pelican after equipment setup

July 16 Log
A view of the wetlab aboard the R/V Pelican after equipment setup. (HR)

Sönke Johnsen's sparse equipment setup in the wetlab.

July 16 Log
Sönke Johnsen's sparse equipment setup in the wetlab. (HR)

The ROV <em>Global Explorer</em> preparing to be dropped.

July 16 Log
The ROV Global Explorer preparing to be dropped. (HR)

In situ image taken under white light from the Johnson-Sea-Link submersible. Bioluminescent gold coral (formerly Gerardia sp.) occupied by crabs (arrows).

Mission Plan
Bioluminescent gold coral (formerly Gerardia sp.) occupied by crabs (arrows).

In situ image of blue-green bioluminescence of gold coral together with blue bioluminescence from a planktonic animal striking the fan (streak at top).

Mission Plan
In situ image of blue-green bioluminescence of gold coral with blue bioluminescence from a planktonic animal.

IBathynomus giganteus.

Mission Plan
Bathynomus giganteus.

Exploration sites for 2015 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mission Plan
Exploration sites for 2015 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Examples of the various uses of bioluminescence.

Bioluminescence
Examples of the various uses of bioluminescence. (HR)

Diagram of monochromatic light.

Vision in the Deep
Diagram of monochromatic light. (HR)

Figure 2.  Spectral sensitivity of dark-adapted eye (white) and after chromatic adaptation with blue light (blue line) in a species with putative blue and violet visual pigments.

Vision in the Deep
Spectral sensitivity in a species with putative blue and violet visual pigments. (HR)

Figure 3.  Spectral sensitivity of dark-adapted eye (white) and after chromatic adaptation with blue light (blue line) in a species with a single blue visual pigment.

Vision in the Deep
Spectral sensitivity in a species with a single blue visual pigment. (HR)

Figure 4. The differences between RNA and DNA

Vision in the Deep
Figure 4. The differences between RNA and DNA. (HR)

Flow of genetic information.

Vision in the Deep
Flow of genetic information.

Deep Sea Systems Global Explorer remotely operated vehicle.

ROV Global Explorer
Deep Sea Systems Global Explorer remotely operated vehicle.

BioBox and manipulator arm on Global Explorer.

ROV Global Explorer
BioBox and manipulator arm on Global Explorer.

Medusa and e-jelly.

Medusa Lander
Medusa and e-jelly.

The e-jelly.

Medusa Lander
The e-jelly. (HR)

Atolla wyvillei burglar alarm display which the e-jelly emulates.

Medusa Lander
Atolla wyvillei burglar alarm display which the e-jelly emulates.

White living colonies of Lophelia pertusa on a build-up of dead branches, accompanied by feather stars (crinoids), red squat lobsters, a sea urchin, and fish.

Deep-sea Gulf of Mexico Habitats
White living colonies of Lophelia pertusa on a build-up of dead branches. (HR)

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