Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos associated with or taken during the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative: Exploring Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems off the Southeast U.S. expedition. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information.

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Images and Videos

Expedition summary video video Living in the Dark: Expedition in Search of Deep-sea Corals
Video overview of the goals, objectives, and initial accomplishments achieved during the expedition. (Video)

Team photo for the expedition August 31
Team photo for first leg of the expedition. (HR)

Chief Scientist Dr. Peter Etnoyer of NOAA takes a selfie with the ROV Odysseus. August 31
Chief Scientist Dr. Peter Etnoyer of NOAA takes a selfie with the ROV Odysseus. (HR)

 

Map showing the areas of exploration for the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI) expedition aboard NOAA Ship <em>Nancy Foster</em>, cruise number NF1708. August 31
Map showing the areas of exploration for the expedition aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. (HR)

A swordfish Xiphius gladius at the ‘Wall in the North’ dive site southwest of Tampa, Florida. August 31
A swordfish at the ‘Wall in the North’ dive site southwest of Tampa, Florida. (HR)

A tinselfish swims among Lophelia thickets at Okeanos Ridge on the West Florida slope. August 31
A tinselfish swims among Lophelia thickets at Okeanos Ridge on the West Florida slope. (HR)

Lace coral entangled with discarded line at North Reed Site on the West Florida Slope at approximately 400 meters depth. August 31
Lace coral entangled with discarded line at North Reed Site on the West Florida Slope at 400 meters depth. (HR)

Colonies of bamboo coral, lace corals, sea whip, and black corals. August 26
Colonies of bamboo coral, lace corals, sea whip, and black corals. (HR)

Low relief rocky substrate with bamboo coral, sponges, black coral colony, and a squat lobster. August 26
Low relief rocky substrate with bamboo coral, sponges, black coral colony, and a squat lobster. (HR)

The engine control room of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 26
Map comparing depth information along the West Florida slope. (HR)

The engineering department of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 25
The engineering department of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. (HR)

The engine room of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 25
The engine room of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. (HR)

The engine control room of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 25
The engine control room of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. (HR)

ROV pilot and engineers Kris Ingram and Paul Sanacore preparing ROV Odysseus for a dive on the West Florida slope. August 23
ROV pilot and engineers Kris Ingram and Paul Sanacore preparing ROV Odysseus for a dive on the West Florida slope. (HR)

The Pelagic Research Services team navigating ROV Odysseus on a dive during the 2017 Southeast Deep Coral Research expedition aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 23
The Pelagic Research Services team navigating ROV Odysseus on a dive during the expedition aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. (HR)

ROV Odysseus collecting a delicate fragment of the deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa at 480 meters. The fragment was brought back alive to the surface and is currently being maintained in an aquarium culture for studies on coral reproduction. August 23
ROV Odysseus collecting a delicate fragment of the deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa at 480 meters. (HR)

Eric Hodges (left) and Paul Sancore (right), of Pelagic Research Services, installing the collection arm of the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Odysseus. August 21
Eric Hodges and Paul Sanacore installing the collection arm of the ROV Odysseus. (HR)

KEric Hodges (left) and Paul Sancore (right), of Pelagic Research Services, preparing the ROV Odysseus for a dive from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 21
Eric Hodges and Paul Sanacore, of Pelagic Research Services, preparing the ROV Odysseus for a dive. (HR)

Daniel Wagner (NOAA) and John Gray (University of South Florida) processing water samples collected during CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) casts to 500 meters depth at Okeanos Ridge on the West Florida slope aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 21
Daniel Wagner and John Gray processing water samples collected during CTD casts at Okeanos Ridge on the West Florida slope. (HR)

Katharine Coykendall (U.S. Geological Survey), Paul Sancore (Pelagic Research Services), Jesse Doren (Pelagic Research Services), and Jonathan Gallant (Terra Remote Sensing, Inc.) controlling ROV operations aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 21
Katharine Coykendall, Paul Sanacore, Jesse Doren, and Jonathan Gallant controlling ROV operations aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. (HR)

Ralf Meyer aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 21
Ralf Meyer aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. (HR)

NOAA Ship Nancy Foster docked in St. Petersburg, Florida, before the August 2017 Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI) mission to the West Florida slope August 20
NOAA Ship Nancy Foster docked in St. Petersburg, Florida, before the mission to the West Florida slope. (HR)

Left to right: ENS Lee Shoemaker, ENS Sara Thompson, ENS Brandon Tao, Capt. Donn Pratt, ENS Hillary Fort, ENS Keith Hanson, and LCDR Tony Perry III on the bridge of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, transiting from port out to sea. August 20
ENS Lee Shoemaker, ENS Sara Thompson, ENS Brandon Tao, Capt. Donn Pratt, ENS Hillary Fort, ENS Keith Hanson, and LCDR Tony Perry III on the bridge. (HR)

Left to right: AB Brendan Garvey, GVA Jason Gosine, BGL Leslie Allen, AB Tracy Sorgenfrei, AB Denek Salich, and CB Greg Walker readying the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Odysseus for deployment. August 20
AB Brendan Garvey, GVA Jason Gosine, BGL Leslie Allen, AB Tracy Sorgenfrei, AB Denek Salich, and CB Greg Walker readying the ROV. (HR)

Left to right: CME Tim Olsen, 1AE Carlito Delapina, JUE Joe Clark, and 2AE Kyle Williams in the ship’s machine shop. August 20
CME Tim Olsen, 1AE Carlito Delapina, JUE Joe Clark, and 2AE Kyle Williams in the ship’s machine shop. (HR)

Left to right: 2nd Cook Bob Burroughs and CS Lito Llena in the ship’s galley. August 20
2nd Cook Bob Burroughs and CS Lito Llena in the ship’s galley. (HR)

SST Samantha Martin with the ship’s CTD (conductivity, temperature, and depth sensing instrument) on the deck of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 20
SST Samantha Martin with the ship’s CTD on the deck of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. (HR)

Chief ET Keith Martin repairing a circuit board in the ship’s ET shop. August 20
Chief ET Keith Martin repairing a circuit board in the ship’s ET shop. (HR)

A deep-sea coral garden in Madison-Swanson Marine Reserve off the west coast of Florida, protected in 2000. August 19
A deep-sea coral garden in Madison-Swanson Marine Reserve off the west coast of Florida, protected in 2000. (HR)

Deep-sea coral and fish thrive in Madison-Swanson Marine Reserve off the west coast of Florida, protected in 2000. August 19
Deep-sea coral and fish thrive in Madison-Swanson Marine Reserve off the west coast of Florida, protected in 2000. (HR)

Graph showing the cumulative percent of each U.S. Fishery Management Council’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ, which extends to 200 nautical miles offshore) deeper than 200 meters that has been protected from bottom trawling. August 19
Graph showing percent of each U.S. Fishery Management Council’s Exclusive Economic Zone deeper than 200 meters protected from bottom trawling. (HR)

The Deep Sea Coral Data Portal digital map showing known locations of corals (circles) and sponges (triangles). August 19
The Deep Sea Coral Data Portal digital map showing known locations of corals (circles) and sponges (triangles). (HR)

Thickets of living (white) and dead (brown) Lophelia pertusa colonies at Many Mounds on the West Florida slope at 500 meters depth. Colonies of this size can be many hundreds of years old. August 18
Thickets of living and dead Lophelia pertusa colonies at Many Mounds on the West Florida slope at 500 meters depth. (HR)

The robotic arm of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Odysseus sampling a small fragment of Lophelia pertusa on the West Florida slope. August 18
The robotic arm of ROV Odysseus sampling a small fragment of Lophelia pertusa on the West Florida slope. (HR)

Sandra Brooke, Associate Research Faculty at Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Lab, admiring coral samples collected by ROV Odysseus from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 18
Sandra Brooke admiring coral samples collected by ROV Odysseus. (HR)

Fragments of Lophelia pertusa, including a rare orange color variety, collected on the August 2017 Southeast Deep Coral Initiative expedition. August 18
Fragments of Lophelia pertusa, including a rare orange color variety, collected during the expedition. (HR)

Scanning electron microscope image of a deep-sea coral larva approximately 0.15 millimeters long with hundreds of hair-like cilia that the larva uses to swim. August 18
Scanning electron microscope image of a deep-sea coral larva ~0.15 millimeters long with air-like cilia the larva uses to swim. (HR)

A robotic arm of the ROV Odysseus, removing the cap from a sampling quiver in preparation to carry a coral fragment to the surface. August 17
A robotic arm of the ROV Odysseus, removing the cap from a sampling quiver in preparation to carry a coral fragment to the surface. (HR)

A robotic arm of the ROV Odysseus, collecting a sample of the deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa for genetic analysis. August 17
A robotic arm of the ROV Odysseus, collecting a sample of the deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa for genetic analysis. (HR)

Katharine Coykendall, a research biologist of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), preserving a sample of coral aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 17
Katharine Coykendall, a research biologist wiht the U.S. Geological Survey, preserving a sample of coral. (HR)

Map showing topography and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives within the Many Mounds site on the West Florida slope (see the mission plan map for site context). August 16
Map showing topography and remotely operated vehicle dives within the Many Mounds site on the West Florida slope. (HR)

The ledge feature of Many Mounds, on the West Florida slope, inhabited by black coral (black corals often appear white or orange but are named for the color of their skeletons), squat lobsters, and small octocorals. August 16
The ledge feature of Many Mounds inhabited by black coral, squat lobsters, and small octocorals. (HR)

Squat lobsters and small octocorals as well as shrimp, cup corals, and Darwin’s slimehead fish seen on the ledge feature of Many Mounds. August 16
Squat lobsters and small octocorals as well as shrimp, cup corals, and Darwin’s slimehead fish seen at Many Mounds. (HR)

Golden tilefish seen on the ledge feature at Many Mounds. August 16
Golden tilefish seen on the ledge feature at Many Mounds. (HR)

A rare sighting of orange Lophelia pertusa located at 500 meters depth at Many Mounds on the West Florida slope. The vast majority of L. pertusa in North American waters are stark white, like the colony to the right in this image. August 16
A rare sighting of orange Lophelia pertusa located at 500 meters depth at Many Mounds on the West Florida slope. (HR)

Squat lobster Eumunida picta hanging out under a carbonate ledge at 450 meters depth on Long Mound of the West Florida shelf. August 15
Squat lobster Eumunida picta hanging out under a carbonate ledge at 450 meters depth on Long Mound of the West Florida shelf. (HR)

Squat lobster Eumunida picta dining out of another E. picta’s shell at 450 meters depth on Long Mound of the West Florida shelf. August 15
Squat lobster Eumunida picta dining out of another E. picta’s shell at 450 meters depth on Long Mound of the West Florida shelf. (HR)

Corals Lophelia pertusa (white, center) and Paramuricea sp. (yellow, center-right) with associated fish Benthocometes sp. (center) and Eumunida picta (top) at 430 meters depth on Long Mound of the West Florida shelf. August 15
Corals Lophelia pertusa and Paramuricea sp. with associated fish Benthocometes sp. and Eumunida picta at 430 meters depth. (HR)

Chirostyloid (squat lobster) on black coral Leiopathes sp. with golden crab Chaceon fenneri at 410 meters depth on Long Mound of the West Florida shelf. August 15
Chirostyloid (squat lobster) on black coral with golden crab on Long Mound of the West Florida shelf. (HR)

Map of a portion of the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative's August 2017 study site, including new high-resolution bathymetry data collected on the West Florida shelf (shallower than ~300 meters) using multibeam echosounders on NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. August 14
Map of a portion of the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative's August 2017 study site. (HR)

A goosefish (Lophiodes beroe) encountered on low relief hard bottom seafloor at 415 meters depth at Long Mound on the West Florida Shelf. August 14
A goosefish encountered on low relief hard bottom seafloor at 415 meters depth at Long Mound on the West Florida Shelf. (HR)

Much of the seafloor of Long Mound is eroded carbonate that has been colonized by invertebrates such as tubeworms, leaving a pitted look. August 14
Much of the seafloor of Long Mound is eroded carbonate colonized by invertebrates such as tubeworms, leaving a pitted look. (HR)

A squat lobster hangs off the Long Mound carbonate ledge with a garden of tubeworms and a cup coral at 415 meters depth on the West Florida Shelf. August 14
A squat lobster hangs off the Long Mound carbonate ledge with a garden of tubeworms and a cup coral. (HR)

A section of carbonate ledge running through the target sites of discovery for the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative expedition. August 14
A section of carbonate ledge running through the target sites of discovery for the expedition. (HR)

Paul Sancore, BGL Leslie Allen, and Erik Hodges readying the ROV Odysseus, operated by Pelagic Research Services, to descend in a survey on the West Florida Shelf. August 13
Paul Sanacore, BGL Leslie Allen, and Erik Hodges readying the ROV Odysseus to descend in a survey on the West Florida Shelf. (HR)

Surface current speed in the Gulf of Mexico in July-August 2017. Red colors indicate the fastest currents. August 13
Surface current speed in the Gulf of Mexico in July-August 2017. Red colors indicate the fastest currents.

NOAA Ship Nancy Foster stationed above the West Florida Shelf during ROV surveys. August 13
NOAA Ship Nancy Foster stationed above the West Florida Shelf during ROV surveys. (HR)

Image of a bamboo coral captured by the ROV Odysseus near Long Mound on the West Florida Shelf at 412 meters depth. August 13
Image of a bamboo coral captured by the ROV Odysseus near Long Mound on the West Florida Shelf at 412 meters depth. (HR)

NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, which will support the 18-day mission to map, survey, and sample deep-sea coral ecosystems off the Southeast United States. Mission Plan
NOAA Ship Nancy Foster will support the 18-day mission to study deep-sea coral ecosystems off the Southeast United States. (HR)

The ROV Odysseus, operated by Pelagic Research Services, will be used to survey seafloor areas on the West Florida Shelf that are predicted to have high densities of deep-sea corals and sponges. Mission Plan
ROV Odysseus will survey seafloor areas on the West Florida Shelf predicted to have high densities of corals and sponges. (HR)

Map showing the operational area of the 2017 SEDCI expedition aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, which will consist of two legs with different focus areas. Mission Plan
Map showing the operational area of the 2017 SEDCI expedition, which will consist of two legs with different focus areas. (HR)

The CTD Niskin bottle carousel of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster will be used to collect environmental data and water samples for studies on seawater carbonate chemistry. Mission Plan
The CTD Niskin bottle carousel of NOAA Ship Nancy Foster will be used to collect environmental data and water samples. (HR)

Map showing the three geographic regions in which the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI) will operate in 2016-2019. SEDCI
Map showing the three geographic regions in which the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI) will operate in 2016-2019. (HR)

A diverse assemblage of deep-sea corals on the West Florida Escarpment at a depth of 1,800 meters. SEDCI
A diverse assemblage of deep-sea corals on the West Florida Escarpment at a depth of 1,800 meters. (HR)

A dense aggregation of the deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa at 500 meters depth in the northern Gulf of Mexico. SEDCI
A dense aggregation of the deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa at 500 meters depth in the northern Gulf of Mexico. (HR)

Lophelia reef on the west Florida slope with several golden crabs scavenging on the dead coral matrix. Deep-sea Corals
Lophelia reef on the west Florida slope with several golden crabs scavenging on the dead coral matrix.

Photograph of a large colony of a deep-sea bamboo coral taken south of Florida. The coral colony was over one meter wide. Deep-sea Corals
Photograph of a large colony of a deep-sea bamboo coral taken south of Florida. The coral colony was over one meter wide. (HR)

This image shows a diversity of deep-sea coral species, including two species of octocorals, or sea fans (Paramuricea in yellow and Callogorgia in light gray), one species of stony coral (Lophelia pertusa in white), and a brittle star (Asteroschema). Deep-sea Corals
A diversity of deep-sea coral species, including two species of octocorals, one species of stony coral, and a brittle star. (HR)

Deep-sea black coral, Leiopathes glaberrima, with commensal galatheoid crab photographed at 300 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep-sea Corals
Deep-sea black coral with commensal galatheoid crab photographed at 300 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico.

Photograph of deep-sea coral and a squat lobster on the West Florida Shelf at a depth of 550 meters. Management Importance
Photograph of deep-sea coral and a squat lobster on the West Florida Shelf at a depth of 550 meters. (HR)

Schematic showing different management categories of fishery resources. The ecological importance and need to manage fishery resources in each category increases from left to right. Management Importance
Schematic showing different management categories of fishery resources. (HR)

Map showing areas on the West Florida Shelf that are currently being considered as potential habitat areas of particular concern by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Management Importance
Areas on the West Florida Shelf being considered as potential habitat areas of particular concern by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. (HR)

Map showing areas in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico where fishing with bottom contact gear is restricted. Management Importance
Map showing areas in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico where fishing with bottom contact gear is restricted. (HR)

Map of the shelf and slope off the west coast of Florida showing areas that have previously been mapped using multibeam echosounders (in green). Much of the area has yet to be mapped and will be mapped for the first time during the present expedition aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. Mapping
Map of the shelf and slope off the west coast of Florida showing areas that have previously been mapped using multibeam echosounders. (HR)

Multibeam echosounders map the seafloor by emitting a beam of sound from the hull of the ship and recording the sound signal after it is reflected off the seafloor. Mapping
Multibeam echosounders map the seafloor by emitting a beam of sound and recording the sound signal after it is reflected off the seafloor. (HR)

Examples of real-time maps produced by multibeam echosounders during a previous expedition that mapped Pinellas II, an artificial reef that is part of the Pinellas County artificial reef program. The maps show the sunken tugboat Sheridan at the bottom of the seafloor. Mapping
Examples of real-time maps produced by multibeam echosounders during a previous expedition that mapped an artificial reef. (HR)

Scamp, snowy grouper, and other fish swimming amongst Oculina coral thickets. The Oculina Bank
Scamp, snowy grouper, and other fish swimming amongst Oculina coral thickets. (HR)

Map of the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC) and Oculina Bank Experimental Closed Area. The Oculina Bank
Map of the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern and Oculina Bank Experimental Closed Area. (HR)

Black sea bass, scamp, and gag swimming around Oculina coral. The Oculina Bank
Black sea bass, scamp, and gag swimming around Oculina coral.

Example map depicting the predicted likelihood of suitable habitat for Lophelia pertusa in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico from a habitat suitability model. Warmer colors indicate areas predicted to be more likely to contain suitable habitat. Modeling Habitat
Example map depicting the predicted likelihood of suitable habitat for Lophelia pertusa in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico from a habitat suitability model. (HR)

Examples of response curves showing the relationship between the predicted likelihood of habitat suitability (y-axis) and the values (x-axis) for datasets describing environmental conditions. Modeling Habitat
Examples of response curves showing the relationship between the predicted likelihood of habitat suitability and the values for datasets describing environmental conditions. (HR)

 

 

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