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.

(HR) = "High Resolution" images available.

 

Images

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)

Old Town in Havana, Cuba

May 17
Old Town in Havana, Cuba. (HR)

Havana is a great place to see vintage American cars

May 17
Havana is a great place to see vintage American cars. (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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