Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos associated with or taken during the Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities expedition. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information.

(HR) = "High Resolution" images available.

Images

Corals (mostly Anthothela) and sponges cover the wall of the unnamed minor canyon between Nygren and Heezen canyons. Mission Summary
Corals (mostly Anthothela) and sponges cover the wall of the unnamed minor canyon between Nygren and Heezen canyons. (HR)

Red fish congregate around a large boulder colonized by the corals Anthothela (pink) and Paramuricea (yellow) as well as some anemones in Georges Canyon (Canada). Mission Summary
Red fish congregate around a large boulder colonized by the corals Anthothela (pink) and Paramuricea (yellow) as well as some anemones in Georges Canyon (Canada). (HR)

NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow heads home through the Cape Cod Canal. Mission Summary
NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow heads home through the Cape Cod Canal. (HR)

The motley science team of the Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities expedition at the end of a successful cruise. June 21
The motley science team of the Northern Neighbors expedition at the end of a successful cruise. (HR)

All flags ‘a’ flying as the FSV Henry B. Bigelow steams to port in Newport, R.I. June 21
All flags ‘a’ flying as the Henry B. Bigelow steams to port in Newport, Rhode Island. (HR)

Example of a day’s dive plan map for a ROPOS survey, Western Jordan Basin, Gulf of Maine. “WP” means way point along a transect. June 20
Example of a day’s dive plan map for a ROPOS survey, Western Jordan Basin, Gulf of Maine. “WP” means waypoint along a transect. (HR)

Example of a habitat suitability model for gorgonian (sea fan) deep-sea corals in the Northeastern U.S. region. Warm colors (e.g., red) denote areas predicted to be more suitable coral habitat and cooler coolers (e.g., blue) denote areas predicted to be less suitable coral habitat. Crosses represent coral presence records used in generating the model. June 20
Example of a habitat suitability model for gorgonian (sea fan) deep-sea corals in the Northeastern U.S. region. (HR)

Rough seas and winds in the Gulf of Maine bring ROV operations to a halt. June 19
Rough seas and winds in the Gulf of Maine bring ROV operations to a halt. (HR)

Multibeam bathymetric maps of the seafloor near Mount Desert Rock in the Gulf of Maine, an area that has known coral gardens. Map on the left is an older multibeam map of the area; the higher resolution, more detailed map on the right is the result of the latest multibeam mapping by the Bigelow. Warmer colors (reds) indicate higher topographic relief (shallower depths, and often an indication of hard bottom), colder colors (blue) indicate lower topographical relief (deeper depths, and often an indication of soft or muddy bottoms). Deep-sea corals gardens in the Gulf of Maine tend to be found in areas of higher topographic relief. June 19
Multibeam bathymetric maps of the seafloor near Mount Desert Rock in the Gulf of Maine, an area that has known coral gardens. (HR)

Close up of Rossia squid sitting on a ledge in Corsair Canyon, Canada. Note orange cup or stony coral just above it. June 18
Deep-sea corals Primnoa (pinkish) and Paramuricea (yellow) on a steep wall in Western Jordan Basin, U.S. Gulf of Maine. (HR)

The ROPOS arm collecting a small piece of Primnoa coral in Western Jordan Basin. It will be stored in one of the “quivers” on the right until the ROPOS returns to the surface. Note the yellow Paramurica on the outcrop as well. June 18
The ROPOS arm collecting a small piece of Primnoa coral in Western Jordan Basin. It will be stored in one of the “quivers” on the right until the ROPOS returns to the surface. (HR)

Primnoa hanging from a large outcrop in Western Jordan Basin. Note redfish sitting among the coral, middle-right in image. June 18
Primnoa hanging from a large outcrop in Western Jordan Basin. Note redfish sitting among the coral, middle-right in image. (HR)

Close up of Rossia squid sitting on a ledge in Corsair Canyon, Canada. Note orange cup or stony coral just above it. June 18
Close up of Rossia squid sitting on a ledge in Corsair Canyon, Canada. Note orange cup or stony coral just above it. (HR)

An enormous school of Illex squid surrounded the ROV during most of the dive in George’s Canyon, Canada. June 18
An enormous school of Illex squid surrounded the ROV during most of the dive in George’s Canyon, Canada. (HR)

A picture taken of the display panel in the ROPOS control room shows a few too many Illex! The next second, they were all gone. June 18
A picture taken of the display panel in the ROPOS control room shows a few too many Illex! The next second, they were all gone. (HR)

Arieanna Balbar assists with retrieving biological samples collected by ROPOS. June 17
Arieanna Balbar assists with retrieving biological samples collected by ROPOS. (HR)

The ROV ROPOS control room on board the FSV Henry B. Bigelow. June 17
The ROV ROPOS control room on board the Henry B. Bigelow. (HR)

Incubation of mud core samples post-dive in order to study feeding rates of benthic organisms. June 16
Incubation of mud core samples post-dive in order to study feeding rates of benthic organisms. (HR)

The ROPOS’ mechanical arm obtaining a sediment core in Corsair Canyon, Canada. Depth around 1000 meters. June 16
The ROPOS’ mechanical arm obtaining a sediment core in Corsair Canyon, Canada. Depth around 1,000 meters. (HR)

The carnivorous sponge Chondrocladia grandis off Baffin Island, Canada. Note the inflated spheres and how its main body protrudes into the sediment. June 15
The carnivorous sponge Chondrocladia grandis off Baffin Island, Canada. Note the inflated spheres and how its main body protrudes into the sediment. (HR)

Close-up of one of the trapping spheres of Chondrocladia grandis. Inside is a prey animal attached to the sphere. June 15
Close-up of one of the trapping spheres of Chondrocladia grandis. Inside is a prey animal attached to the sphere.

Smile for the camera! The successful retrieval of a Chondrocladia grandis specimen on board the CCGS Amundsen in the Canadian Arctic, 2015. June 15
The successful retrieval of a Chondrocladia grandis specimen on board the CCGS Amundsen in the Canadian Arctic, 2015. (HR)

Large and very old bubblegum coral Paragorgia arborea on a rock, along with red crab and venus flytrap anemones, in Corsair Canyon. June 13, 14
Large and very old bubblegum coral on a rock, along with red crab and venus flytrap anemones. (HR)

Large bubblegum coral Paragorgia arborea, along with Primnoa (orange, behind on left) and Anthothela (white, on right) corals on a rock in Corsair Canyon. June 13, 14
Large bubblegum coral, along with Primnoa and Anthothela corals on a rock in Corsair Canyon. (HR)

Dense aggregation of sea pigs (Scotoplanes), a type of echinoderm known as a holothurian, in Georges Canyon (Dive 1) June 13, 14
Dense aggregation of sea pigs (Scotoplanes), a type of echinoderm known as a holothurian, in Georges Canyon. (HR)

A variety of deep-sea corals found on a ledge in an unnamed canyon between Heezen and Nygren Canyons June 12
A variety of deep-sea corals found on a ledge in an unnamed canyon between Heezen and Nygren Canyons. (HR)

Example of a large detached block of mostly dead (brown skeleton) stony coral Lophelia pertusa on the seafloor of an unnamed canyon between Heezen and Nygren Canyons. June 12
Example of a large detached block of mostly dead stony coral Lophelia pertusa on the seafloor of an unnamed canyon. (HR)

Several colonies of the stony coral Lophelia pertusa on a ledge in an unnamed canyon between Heezen and Nygren Canyons. June 12
Several colonies of the stony coral Lophelia pertusa on a ledge in an unnamed canyon between Heezen and Nygren Canyons. (HR)

The colonial stony coral <em>Lophelia pertusa</em> (white) with <em>Paramuricea</em> (yellow), along with sponges and stony cup corals (both white) on a vertical wall in an unnamed “minor” canyon between Munson and Nygren Canyons. June 11
The colonial stony coral Lophelia pertusa with Paramuricea, along with sponges and stony cup corals on a vertical wall in an unnamed “minor” canyon. (HR)

<em>ROPOS</em> collecting a glass sponge and storing it in a “biobox.” June 11
ROPOS collecting a glass sponge and storing it in a “biobox.” (HR)

Unidentified black coral and white <em>Anthothela</em> (?) on a vertical wall in an unnamed “minor” canyon between Munson and Nygren Canyons. June 11
Unidentified black coral and white Anthothela (?) in an unnamed “minor” canyon between Munson and Nygren Canyons. (HR)

The chop saw used to cut PVC tubes (in milk crate). June 10
The chop saw used to cut PVC tubes (in milk crate). (HR)

Brad Coffman uses a router to trim the rims of quivers. June 10
Brad Coffman uses a router to trim the rims of quivers. (HR)

Quivers on the deck of the Henry Bigelow ready to be loaded on the ROPOS ROV. June 10
Quivers on the deck of the Henry Bigelow, ready to be loaded on the ROPOS ROV. (HR)

Pulling away from the dock in Newport, Rhode Island. June 9
Pulling away from the dock in Newport, Rhode Island. (HR)

Raising the flag while we get underway. June 9
Raising the flag while we get underway. (HR)

Donning emersion suits during drills. June 9
Donning immersion suits during drills. (HR)

Chief Scientist Martha Nizinski discusses the cruise plan with Dave Packer while Co-chief Anna Metaxas takes care of last minute details in the Bigelow’s dry lab. June 8
Chief Scientist Martha Nizinski discusses the cruise plan with Dave Packer while Co-chief Anna Metaxas takes care of last minute details. (HR)

ROPOS and the FSV Bigelow doing a practice deployment and retrieval while tied up at the dock at Naval Station Newport. June 8
ROPOS and the FSV Bigelow doing a practice deployment and retrieval while tied up at the dock. (HR)

Tracker trailer trucks remain at the ready to unload ROPOS and all the equipment necessary for ROV operations. June 7
Tracker trailer trucks remain at the ready to unload ROPOS and all the equipment necessary for ROV operations. (HR)

The container destined for the 01 deck is lifted off the truck. June 7
The container destined for the 01 deck is lifted off the truck. (HR)

The container, containing supplies and spare parts, is secured to the deck. June 7
The container, containing supplies and spare parts, is secured to the deck. (HR)

ROPOS is unloaded from its container onto the dock. June 7
ROPOS is unloaded from its container onto the dock. (HR)

NOAA ship Henry Bigelow at sea. Mission Plan
NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow at sea.

This map displays the operating area of the Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities expedition. Mission Plan
Map displays of operating area during the expedition. (HR)

Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science (ROPOS) is a remotely operated vehicle designed to carry out a wide range of scientific explorations at depths of up to 5,000 meters. Mission Plan
ROPOS is a remotely operated vehicle designed to carry out a wide range of scientific explorations at depths of up to 5,000 meters. (HR)

An example of deep-sea coral garden habitat in Western Jordan Basin, Gulf of Maine. This area would be protected under the current New England Fisheries Management Council proposal. Deep-Sea Coral Conservation and Management Actions
An example of deep-sea coral garden habitat in Western Jordan Basin, Gulf of Maine. (HR)

Deep-sea coral protection zones in the Northeast region designated by the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and proposed by the New England Fisheries Management Council. Alvin Canyon straddles the New England/Mid-Atlantic inter-council boundary. New England Council zone boundaries will likely change as the management process is finalized. Deep-Sea Coral Conservation and Management Actions
Deep-sea coral protection zones in northeast region designated by regional fisheries Mmanagement councils. (HR)

US and Canadian scientists return for a second collaborative cruise in search of deep-sea coral habitats like this one observed in Heezen Canyon. Partnerships
U.S. and Canadian scientists return for a second collaborative cruise in search of deep-sea coral habitats like this one observed in Heezen Canyon. (HR)

The science team gathers in the ROPOS command center aboard the NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow to view images from the sea floor in the northern Gulf of Maine. Partnerships
The science team gathers in the ROPOS command center aboard the Henry Bigelow to view images from the seafloor in the northern Gulf of Maine. (HR)

Chief scientists Martha Nizinski (left) and Anna Metaxas (right) on the bridge of NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow with the ship's Commanding Officer at the time, Mark Miller (center), before the first collaborative cruise in 2014. Partnerships
Chief scientists Martha Nizinski and Anna Metaxas on the bridge of the Henry B. Bigelow with Mark Miller before the first collaborative cruise in 2014.

The ROPOS ROV being recovered from a dive. Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science (ROPOS)
The ROPOS ROV being recovered from a dive.

The ROPOS manipulators being used to plug in a subsea cable. Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science (ROPOS)
The ROPOS manipulators being used to plug in a subsea cable.

A ROPOS pilot operating the manipulators from the surface vessel.Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science (ROPOS)
A ROPOS pilot operating the manipulators from the surface vessel.

Imagery captured by ROPOS' HD digital still and video cameras highlights spectacular colours subsea.Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science (ROPOS)
Imagery captured by ROPOS’ HD digital still and video cameras highlights spectacular colors subsea.

Surveys in Jordan Basin, northern Gulf of Maine, revealed high densities of the red tree coral Primnoa resedaeformis.Conserving Canada’s Sensitive Benthic Areas
Surveys in Jordan Basin, northern Gulf of Maine, revealed high densities of the red tree coral Primnoa resedaeformis. (HR)

Large colonies of bubble gum corals were observed on the walls of Corsair Canyon. Conserving Canada’s Sensitive Benthic Areas
Large colonies of bubblegum corals were observed on the walls of Corsair Canyon. (HR)

 

 

 

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