Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos taken during Cuba’s Twilight Zone Reefs and Their Regional Connectivity. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information. For video, multiple video formats are available on the linked pages.

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Videos

Highlights from Leg 1

video May 29 Log
Video highlights from Leg 1 dives. (Video)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images

Sponge Zonation

Mission Summary
Sponge Zonation. (HR)

Algal Zonation.

Mission Summary
Algal Zonation. (HR)

Coral Zonation

Mission Summary
Coral Zonation. (HR)

 

 

 

 

Commonly occurring fishes

Mission Summary
Commonly occurring fishes. (HR)

A massive school of dog snapper

Mission Summary
A massive school of dog snapper. (HR)

Some of the groupers observed.

Mission Summary
Some of the groupers observed. (HR)

Lionfish

Mission Summary
Lionfish. (HR)

Group photo of Leg 2 scientic party

June 13
Group photo of Leg 2 scientic party. (HR)

Sunrise as we arrive off of Havana.

June 13
Sunrise as we arrive off of Havana. (HR)

Incredible diversity of beautiful organisms

June 13
Incredible diversity of beautiful organisms. (HR)

 

 

 

 

ROV dives along the north east coast of Cuba

June 11
ROV dives along the north east coast of Cuba. (HR)

Shallow water coral sampling via snorkeling

June 11
Shallow water coral sampling via snorkeling. (HR)

Steeply sloped or even completely vertical walls

June 11
Steeply sloped or even completely vertical walls. (HR)

A massive school of dog snapper

June 11
A massive school of dog snapper. (HR)

ROV dive site in the upper mesophotic zone

June 11
ROV dive site in the upper mesophotic zone. (HR)

Solitary lionfish

June 11
Solitary lionfish. (HR)

Hard corals in the deep mesophotic zone

June 11
Hard corals in the deep mesophotic zone. (HR)

The ROV sample collection skid manipulator

June 10
The ROV sample collection skid manipulator. (HR)

The twisting motion of the manipulator’s wrist

June 10
The twisting motion of the manipulator’s wrist. (HR)

The slit shell snail, Entemnotrochus adansonianus

June 10
The slit shell snail, Entemnotrochus adansonianus. (HR)

The person operating the ROV manipulator

June 10
The person operating the ROV manipulator. (HR)

Samples collected during an ROV dive

June 10
Samples collected during an ROV dive. (HR)

 garden of algae.

June 7
A garden of algae. (HR)

new depth record for Anadyomene.

June 7
New depth record for Anadyomene. (HR)

calcified green alga Udotea occidentalis.

June 7
Calcified green alga Udotea occidentalis. (HR)

red alga (Chrysymenia enteromorpha) on sand plains.

June 7
Red alga (Chrysymenia enteromorpha) on sand plains. (HR)

The green alga Penicillus dumetosus.

June 7
The green alga Penicillus dumetosus. (HR)

Population of brown alga, Sporochnus pedunculatus.

June 7
Population of brown alga, Sporochnus pedunculatus. (HR)

Crustose coralline algae (CCA).

June 5
The upper mesophotic zone of Silverton Bank. (HR)

Sierra Maestra mountain range.

June 5
Sierra Maestra mountain range. (HR)

Slope at dive site along the southeastern coast.

June 5
Slope at dive site along the southeastern coast. (HR)

The Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus).

June 5
The Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus). (HR)

The staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis).

June 5
The staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis). (HR)

The gorgonian Swiftia exerta.

June 5
The gorgonian Swiftia exerta. (HR)

Crustose coralline algae (CCA).

June 3
Crustose coralline algae (CCA). (HR)

Halimeda, a calcified, segmented green alga.

June 3
Halimeda, a calcified, segmented green alga. (HR)

Lobophora, a brown alga (Phylum Ochrophyta).

June 3
Lobophora, a brown alga (Phylum Ochrophyta).

Primary producers dominant the benthic community.

June 3
Primary producers dominant the benthic community.

Map of the survey sites.

June 1
Map of the survey sites. (HR)

Mohawk ROV with additional sensors.

June 1
Mohawk ROV with additional sensors. (HR)

Launching the CTD rosette.

June 1
Launching the CTD rosette.

Graph of depth profile measurements.

June 1
Graph of depth profile measurements.

ROV track and the measured parameters from dive 415 on May 21.

June 1
ROV track and the measured parameters from dive 415 on May 21. (HR)

The number of species observed in Cuba’s mesophotic reefs is quite impressive.

May 30
The number of species observed in Cuba’s mesophotic reefs is quite impressive. (HR)

The Blackcap Basslet (Gramma melacara) is very common in the Deep Mesophotic Zone.

May 30
The Blackcap Basslet (Gramma melacara) is very common in the Deep Mesophotic Zone. (HR)

The Tiger Grouper (Mycteroperca tigris) is one of several groupers we have seen on Cuba’s mesophotic reefs.

May 30
The Tiger Grouper (Mycteroperca tigris) is one of several groupers we have seen on Cuba’s mesophotic reefs. (HR)

In our ROV transects along the upper reef walls, we often see large schools of Jacks.

May 30
In our ROV transects along the upper reef walls, we often see large schools of Jacks. (HR)

Perhaps the most impressive fish observation from the first leg of the expedition was a spawning aggregation of Ocean Triggerfish (Canthidermis sufflamen)..

May 30
A spawning aggregation of Ocean Triggerfish (Canthidermis sufflamen). (HR)

High density of plate corals in the upper mesophotic reef.

May 29
High density of plate corals in the upper mesophotic reef. (HR)

A white sponge (Aplysina sp.) and a polka dot sea cucumber.

May 29
A white sponge (Aplysina sp.) and a polka dot sea cucumber. (HR)

Group photo of Leg 1 scientific party.

May 29
Group photo of Leg 1 scientific party. (HR)

A sponge community in the deep mesophotic zone in Cabo San Antonio.

May 25
A sponge community in the deep mesophotic zone in Cabo San Antonio. (HR)

Between 60 and 40 m, sponges, like totems, guard the reefs.

May 25
Between 60 and 40 m, sponges, like totems, guard the reefs. (HR)

2 specimens of Xestospongia and a Verongiida.

May 25
2 specimens of Xestospongia and a Verongiida. (HR)

An <em>Agaricia agaricites</em> colony.

May 23
An Agaricia agaricites colony. (HR)

Ph.D. Candidate Michael Studivan using the ROV toolsled controls.

May 23
Ph.D. Candidate Michael Studivan using the ROV toolsled controls. (HR)

Scleractinians such as Agaricia spp. cohabitate with gorgonians and antipatharians.

May 23
Scleractinians such as Agaricia spp. cohabitate with gorgonians and antipatharians. (HR)

A Swiftia exserta sample being collected

May 23
A Swiftia exserta sample being collected. (HR)

Sampling our deepest Montastraea cavernosa found so far at 85 meters depth.

May 23
Sampling our deepest Montastraea cavernosa found so far at 85 meters depth. (HR)

Using the ROV suction hose to collect fragments of <em>Agaricia</em> sp.

May 23
Using the ROV suction hose to collect fragments of Agaricia sp. (HR)

The top of the reef wall at 45 meters depth is covered in a diverse array of sponges (rope sponges, Iotrochota birotulata; orange stalked sponges, Axinellidae), gorgonians (brown sea fan, Iciligorgia schrammi), black whip corals (Stichopathes), and scleractinian corals.

May 22
The top of the reef wall at 45 meters depth is covered in a diverse array of sponges, gorgonians, black whip corals, and scleractinian corals. (HR)

Map north side.

May 22
Map north side. (HR)

A sea fan Nicella goreaui and vase sponge Xestospongia sp. found along one of the many small ledges in the lower mesophotic zone (115 meters depth).

May 22
A sea fan and vase sponge found along one of the many small ledges in the lower mesophotic zone. (HR)

The ROV manipulator grips a Dragmacidon sp. sponge sample for taxonomic identification, collected in the lower mesophotic zone (120 meters depth).

May 22
The ROV manipulator grips a Dragmacidon sp. sponge sample for taxonomic identification, collected in the lower mesophotic zone. (HR)

Gorgonians such as Swiftia sp. (orange sea fan) and Ellisella barbadensis (orange sea whip), and black corals such as Stichopathes sp. (spiral whip) are common along the steep walls of the lower mesophotic zone (125 to 75 meters depths).

May 22
Gorgonians and black corals are common along the steep walls of the lower mesophotic zone. (HR)

A spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) comes to inspect the ROV during a coral collection in the upper mesophotic zone on the top of the reef wall at 45 meters depth.

May 22
A spiny lobster comes to inspect the ROV during a coral collection in the upper mesophotic zone on the top of the reef wall at 45 meters depth. (HR)

Huge (around 1-meter wide) and healthy plate corals

May 21
Huge (around 1-meter wide) and healthy plate corals. (HR)

Giant barrel sponges (Xestospongia muta)

May 21
Giant barrel sponges (Xestospongia muta). (HR)

The Mohawk ROV collecting valuable samples

May 21
The Mohawk ROV collecting valuable samples. (HR)

The Mohawk ROV to collected 25 samples of algae, sponges, and corals in today's dives

May 21
The Mohawk ROV to collected 25 samples of algae, sponges, and corals in today's dives. (HR)

The team is using the Mohawk ROV to collect coral samples

May 20
The team is using the Mohawk ROV to collect coral samples. (HR)

Sponge biologist Cris Diaz

May 20
Sponge biologist Cris Diaz. (HR)

Part of the team gathers around a work station to review cruise information

May 20
Part of the team gathers around a work station. (HR)

Much of the sites observed so far have been dominated by sponges

May 20
Much of the sites observed so far have been dominated by sponges. (HR)

The Mohawk ROV with some of its key parts labeled

May 19
The Mohawk ROV with some of its key parts labeled. (HR)

The suction carousel with sponges and coral

May 19
The suction carousel with sponges and coral.

The bio box with dividers and full of sponges

May 19
The bio box with dividers and full of sponges.

Mohawk ROV with the additional sensors attached for this expedition

May 19
Mohawk ROV with the additional sensors attached for this expedition.

The R/V Walton Smith arriving in the port of Havana

May 17
The R/V Walton Smith arriving in the port of Havana. (HR)

Before casting off from the dock in Miami

May 15
Before casting off from the dock in Miami. (HR)

Map of sister-sanctuary relationship between the marine sanctuaries

Mission Plan
Map of sister-sanctuary relationship between the marine sanctuaries. (HR)

The SubAtlantic Mohawk 18 remotely operated vehicle (ROV)

Mission Plan
The SubAtlantic Mohawk 18 remotely operated vehicle (ROV). (HR)

Map of Cuba with proposed ROV dive sites

Mission Plan
Map of Cuba with proposed ROV dive sites. (HR)

Research Vessel F.G. Walton Smith

Mission Plan
Research Vessel F.G. Walton Smith. (HR)

Major Marine Conservation Areas of Cuba, Yucatan and South Florida

Sister Sanctuaries
Major Marine Conservation Areas of Cuba, Yucatan and South Florida. (HR)

Sponge and coral communities at Guanahacabibes National Park, Cuba

Sister Sanctuaries
Sponge and coral communities at Guanahacabibes National Park, Cuba. (HR)

Coralline algae and hard coral

Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems
Coralline algae and hard coral. (HR)

Scamp grouper at 95 meters off the Dry Tortugas

Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems
Scamp grouper at 95 meters off the Dry Tortugas. (HR)

Phantom S2 Remotely operated vehicle (ROV)

Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems
Mohawk Remotely operated vehicle (ROV). (HR)

The anthiid fish known as the roughtongue bass

Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems
The anthiid fish known as the roughtongue bass. (HR)

 

 

 

 

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