Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos associated with or taken during the Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information.

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Images

The science and engineering team aboard NOAA Ship Pisces. Mission Summary
The science and engineering team aboard NOAA Ship Pisces. (HR)

The science team transfers water samples from the CTD rosette into containers. The samples were immediately filtered on the ship and analyses of the samples will provide information about the canyon environment. Mission Summary
The science team transfers water samples from the CTD rosette into containers. The samples were immediately filtered on the ship and analyses of the samples will provide information about the canyon environment. (HR)

 

 

Four monocore samples were collected, sliced at one-centimeter intervals, placed into pre-labeled bags, and stored in the refrigerator until they could be analyzed on shore. Mission Summary
Four monocore samples were collected, sliced at one-centimeter intervals, placed into pre-labeled bags, and stored in the refrigerator until they could be analyzed on shore. (HR)

Dr. Martha Nizinski, chief scientist, watches Sentry surface after its 15 hour deployment. Mission Summary
Dr. Martha Nizinski, chief scientist, watches Sentry surface after its 15 hour deployment. (HR)

Projected track of Hurricane Hermine on Thursday, September 1. September 4
Projected track of Hurricane Hermine on Thursday, September 1.

NOAA Ship Pisces transits through rough seas on the way to Rhode Island. September 4
NOAA Ship Pisces transits through rough seas on the way to Rhode Island. (HR)

Justin Fujii secures the full size cups inside the middle compartment of the AUV Sentry. September 3
Justin Fujii secures the full size cups inside the middle compartment of the AUV Sentry. (HR)

The mesh bag of cups is secured to the CTD rosette before being deployed to the deep sea. September 3
The mesh bag of cups is secured to the CTD rosette before being deployed to the deep sea. (HR)

Cups filled with paper prior to crushing. September 3
Cups filled with paper prior to crushing. (HR)

The cups after they have been sent down on the AUV Sentry. September 3
The cups after they have been sent down on the AUV Sentry. (HR)

Cups from the Junior Volunteers at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and some of the science team after a dive. September 3
Cups from the Junior Volunteers at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and some of the science team after a dive. (HR)

These cups from Millhopper Montessori School are beside an original cup showing the difference in size. September 3
These cups from Millhopper Montessori School are beside an original cup showing the difference in size. (HR)

Will managing multibeam data on NOAA Ship Pisces. September 3
Will managing multibeam data on NOAA Ship Pisces. (HR)

Will’s grandfather taught him to fish and hunt. September 3
Will’s grandfather taught him to fish and hunt.

Will enjoys the wind from Hurricane Hermine on NOAA Ship Pisces. September 3
Will enjoys the wind from Hurricane Hermine on NOAA Ship Pisces.

Molly with the AUV Sentry. September 2
Molly with the AUV Sentry. (HR)

As a little girl, Molly loved dressing-up and playing with baby dolls. September 2
As a little girl, Molly loved dressing up and playing with baby dolls.

Molly dons a survival suit on NOAA Ship Pisces. September 2
Molly dons a survival suit on NOAA Ship Pisces. (HR)

Molly and other members of the AUV team prepare Sentry for deployment. September 2
Molly and other members of the AUV team prepare Sentry for deployment. (HR)

Molly prepares the AUV Sentry for deployment. September 2
Molly prepares the AUV Sentry for deployment. (HR)

A skate and other fishes hover above the seafloor. September 1
A skate and other fishes hover above the seafloor. (HR)

Sentry being deployed for an extended dive on August 31. September 1
Sentry being deployed for an extended dive on August 31. (HR)

A diverse coral assemblage was observed along the steep wall of Hatteras Canyon. September 1
A diverse coral assemblage was observed along the steep wall of Hatteras Canyon. (HR)

Brisingid sea stars congregate along the edge of the canyon wall. September 1
Brisingid sea stars congregate along the edge of the canyon wall. (HR)

There is more to this canyon than steep walls as illustrated in this image of clean rock surfaces layered in Hatteras Canyon. September 1
There is more to this canyon than steep walls as illustrated in this image of clean rock surfaces layered in Hatteras Canyon. (HR)

Danielle and the CTD rosette aboard NOAA Ship Pisces. September 1
Danielle and the CTD rosette aboard NOAA Ship Pisces. (HR)

Danielle monitoring data in real-time during a CTD deployment. She communicates with the deck and bridge throughout the operation. September 1
Danielle monitoring data in real-time during a CTD deployment. She communicates with the deck and bridge throughout the operation. (HR)

Map displaying location of the Cape Fear Landslide and other landslides to the North. August 30
Map displaying location of the Cape Fear Landslide and other landslides to the North. (HR)

A monocore is an instrument used to collect a discrete sample of the bottom sediments. August 30
A monocore is an instrument used to collect a discrete sample of the bottom sediments. (HR)

Amanda Demopoulos prepares to slice another centimeter section from the sediment core. August 30
Amanda Demopoulos prepares to slice another centimeter section from the sediment core. (HR)

Chemical analysis of foraminifera, tiny organisms that require a microscope to see and identify, will provide an age estimate of the sediment layers. August 30
Chemical analysis of foraminifera, tiny organisms that require a microscope to see and identify, will provide an age estimate of the sediment layers.

Carl (second from right) helps to prepare Sentry for deployment. August 30
Carl (second from right) helps to prepare Sentry for deployment. (HR)

Carl climbing a tree as a child. August 30
Carl climbing a tree as a child.

Carl learning how to engineer a campfire at a young age. August 30
Carl learning how to engineer a campfire at a young age.

Carl, on his first cruise in 2010, works on ROV Jason aboard NOAA Ship Thompson. August 30
Carl, on his first cruise in 2010, works on ROV Jason aboard NOAA Ship Thompson. (HR)

Carl on NOAA Ship Pisces. August 30
Carl on NOAA Ship Pisces. (HR)

Liz Shea (left) and Martha Nizinski watch a <em>Sentry</em> deployment from NOAA Ship Pisces. August 29
Liz Shea (left) and Martha Nizinski watch a Sentry deployment from NOAA Ship Pisces. (HR)

Liz Shea as a child. August 29
Liz Shea as a child.

Liz at her workstation on NOAA Ship Pisces. On this expedition, Liz is keeping an eye out for cephalopods in the images taken by Sentry. August 29
Liz at her workstation on NOAA Ship Pisces. On this expedition, Liz is keeping an eye out for cephalopods in the images taken by Sentry. (HR)

The AUV team prepares Sentry for deployment. August 28
The AUV team prepares Sentry for deployment. (HR)

Sentry lowered into the water. August 28
Sentry lowered into the water. (HR)

Sentry resurfaces after the 10.2 hour dive. August 28
Sentry resurfaces after the 10.2-hour dive. (HR)

The science team reviews the first 9,648 images collected from Sentry in Pamlico Canyon. August 28
The science team reviews the first 9,648 images collected from Sentry in Pamlico Canyon. (HR)

Amanda holds a monocore, an instrument used to collect a discrete sample of the bottom sediments. August 27
Amanda holds a monocore, an instrument used to collect a discrete sample of the bottom sediments. (HR)

When she was two, Amanda’s family traveled to Newcastle England. Here she is holding the rolled up brass-rubbing that they had completed. August 27
When she was two, Amanda’s family traveled to Newcastle England. Here she holds the rolled up brass-rubbing that they had completed. (HR)

Amanda oversees the deployment of a CTD (conductivity, temperature, and depth) Rosette over the side of NOAA Ships Pisces. August 27
Amanda oversees the deployment of a CTD (conductivity, temperature, and depth) rosette over the side of NOAA Ship Pisces. (HR)

The AUV team troubleshoots the pole in the strong current alongside the ship. August 27
The AUV team troubleshoots the pole in the strong current alongside the ship. (HR)

The transceiver on the end of the pole. While underway, the transceiver is secured to the side of the ship (as pictured). The transceiver is lowered into the water when used to send signals to Sentry. August 27
The Sentry transceiver on the end of the pole. While underway, the transceiver is secured to the side of the ship (as pictured). (HR)

The transponder on Sentry is circled in red. August 26
The transponder on Sentry is circled in red. (HR)

A close-up look at the transceiver (red cylinder) and the fiber optic gyro (large grey cylinder). August 26
A close-up look at the transceiver (red cylinder) and the fiber optic gyro (large grey cylinder). (HR)

Left: While underway, the transceiver is secured to the side of the ship. Right: The transceiver is lowered into the water when in use. August 26
Left: While underway, the transceiver is secured to the side of the ship. Right: The transceiver is lowered into the water when in use. (HR)

The stationary transponder (red cylinder) is attached to a floatation and release mechanism. August 26
The stationary transponder (red cylinder) is attached to a floatation and release mechanism. (HR)

Mike McCarthy and Molly Curran of the AUV team prepare the stationary transponder for deployment. August 26
Mike McCarthy and Molly Curran of the AUV team prepare the stationary transponder for deployment. (HR)

Mike McCarthy and Molly Curran of the AUV carry the stationary transponder to the stern of the ship for deployment. August 26
Mike McCarthy and Molly Curran of the AUV carry the stationary transponder to the stern of the ship for deployment. (HR)

The stationary transponder successfully deployed in the water. August 26
The stationary transponder successfully deployed in the water. (HR)

Shelby launches an expendable bathythermograph (XBT), which measures the temperature of the water column down to 760 meters. Temperature and salinity measurements are used to calculate the water column sound velocity for more accurate mapping operations. August 25
Shelby launches an expendable bathythermograph (XBT), which measures the temperature of the water column down to 760 meters. (HR)

Shelby in armor while on an educational field trip to Jamestown, Virginia. August 25
Shelby in armor while on an educational field trip to Jamestown, Virginia. (HR)

Shelby got his scuba certification when we as 10 years old. He was inspired by his sisters and father who were already certified. August 25
Shelby got his scuba certification when he was 10 years old. He was inspired by his sisters and father who were already certified.

Shelby, aboard NOAA Ship Pisces, using existing multibeam data to create a map for the Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition. August 25
Shelby, aboard NOAA Ship Pisces, using existing multibeam data to create a map for the Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition. (HR)

NOAA Ship Pisces sits dockside at NOAA Terminal 1 in North Kingstown, RI. Cranes in the background (one ship-based, one shore-based) serve to lift equipment to and from the ship. August 24
NOAA Ship Pisces sits dockside at NOAA Terminal 1 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. (HR)

The AUV team and ship’s crew unload Sentry from the shipping container. August 24
The AUV team and ship’s crew unload Sentry from the shipping container. (HR)

The AUV team and ship’s crew transport Sentry alongside the ship in preparation for loading on board. August 24
The AUV team and ship’s crew transport Sentry alongside the ship in preparation for loading on board. (HR)

The AUV team and crew load Sentry on to NOAA Ship Pisces. August 24
The AUV team and crew load Sentry on to NOAA Ship Pisces. (HR)

Sediment sampling equipment set-up and secured in wet lab. Later in the expedition, the team will use a monocore to take a discrete sample of the bottom sediments. These samples will be used to characterize infaunal community structure and composition. August 24
Sediment sampling equipment set-up and secured in wet lab. (HR)

NOAA Ship Pisces pulls away from NOAA Dock 1 in North Kingstown, RI. August 24
NOAA Ship Pisces pulls away from NOAA Dock 1 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. (HR)

The first view of open water. August 24
The first view of open water. (HR)

The AUV team and ship’s crew prepare to practice the launch and recovery of Sentry. August 24
The AUV team and ship’s crew prepare to practice the launch and recovery of Sentry. (HR)

Justin Fujii, mechanical engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, prepares Sentry for the practice launch. August 24
Justin Fujii, mechanical engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, prepares Sentry for the practice launch. (HR)

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Sentry is lowered over the side of NOAA Ship Pisces. August 24
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Sentry is lowered over the side of NOAA Ship Pisces. (HR)

Shelby Bowden, multibeam processor, watches the Sentry practice deployment from NOAA Ship Pisces. August 24
Shelby Bowden, multibeam processor, watches the Sentry practice deployment from NOAA Ship Pisces. (HR)

NOAA Ship Pisces underway. Mission Plan
NOAA Ship Pisces underway. (HR)

This map displays the operating area of the Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition. Three submarine canyons (Keller, Hatteras, Pamlico) off the coast of North Carolina will be surveyed for deep-sea coral habitats. Mission Plan
This map displays the operating area of the Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition. (HR)

Autonomous underwater vehicle, Sentry. Mission Plan
Autonomous underwater vehicle, Sentry.

Sentry being launched from the Atlantis at sunset. This is Sentry’s normal configuration and how it looks on most dives.Sentry
Sentry being launched from the Atlantis at sunset.

Bathymetric map of a mud volcano. Bathymetric maps are like topographic maps but show depth below mean sea level instead of height above.Sentry
Bathymetric map of a mud volcano. Bathymetric maps are like topographic maps but show depth below mean sea level instead of height above.

Sponges on a carbonate mound in the Atlantic at over 2000m depth.Sentry
Sponges on a carbonate mound in the Atlantic at over 2,000 m depth.

Sentry carrying the SyPRID sampler (AKA Plankzooka) in 2015.Sentry
Sentry carrying the SyPRID sampler (AKA Plankzooka) in 2015.

These corals, including cup corals and bubblegum corals, were found on hard substrate near the edge of a mussel bed while exploring a gas seep area near the northeast submarine canyons. Submarine Canyons
These corals were found on hard substrate near the edge of a mussel bed while exploring a gas seep area near the northeast submarine canyons. (HR)

Anthomastus coral found on sandy bottom in Oceanographer Canyon. Submarine Canyons
Anthomastus coral found on sandy bottom in Oceanographer Canyon. (HR)

“Recent” sediment transport down the wall of Lydonia Canyon. The bivalve in the center of the image were carried downslope as part of the sediment flow. This image demonstrates the diversity of habitats and substrates that can occur. Submarine Canyons
“Recent” sediment transport down the wall of Lydonia Canyon. (HR)

A Paramuricea coral in Nygren Canyon which 165 nautical miles southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Submarine Canyons
A Paramuricea coral in Nygren Canyon which 165 nautical miles southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. (HR)

Currents sweep past an overhang of rock at 1,152 meters depth in Oceanographer Canyon, creating an ideal microhabitat for a deep-water coral community and a couple of octopods. Submarine Canyons
Currents sweep past an overhang of rock at 1,152 meters depth in Oceanographer Canyon, creating an ideal microhabitat. (HR)

Example of a multibeam sonar survey data display. Exploration and Discovery of Deep-Sea Coral
Example of a multibeam sonar survey data display. (HR)

High resolution multibeam map of a newly discovered seamount. The red color corresponds to the seamount summit or peak, while the purple represents the base of the feature. Exploration and Discovery of Deep-Sea Coral
High-resolution multibeam map of a newly discovered seamount. (HR)

Subbottom profile of the seafloor, with light and hazy vertical feature on the left representing a coral mound. The darker color represents harder, less porous substrate. Exploration and Discovery of Deep-Sea Coral
Subbottom profile of the seafloor. (HR)

Image of a submarine canyon feature that has been colonized by lots of different types of corals and other animals. Exploration and Discovery of Deep-Sea Coral
Image of a submarine canyon feature that has been colonized by lots of different types of corals and other animals. (HR)

Image of Sentry being deployed from the ship. Exploration and Discovery of Deep-Sea Coral
Image of Sentry being deployed from the ship.

A mastigoteuthid squid in the water column.  Midwater observations are especially difficult because animals are often way out in the distance and moving quickly.Cephalopods
A mastigoteuthid squid in the water column. Midwater observations are especially difficult because animals are often way out in the distance and moving quickly. (HR)

This Rossia sp. swims over the bottom using the large fins that extend along the length of the mantle (body).Cephalopods
This Rossia sp. swims over the bottom using the large fins that extend along the length of the mantle (body). (HR)

Octopus! This Graneledone verrucosa is out for a stoll.Cephalopods
Octopus! This Graneledone verrucosa is out for a stoll. (HR)

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