Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition




Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos taken during the Deepwater Canyons 2013 exploration. 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.

Videos

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 Leg 2 Highlights Video

video Leg 2 Highlights
This video captures highlights from the 15 dives conducted during Leg 2 of the expedition. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013: Squid Video

video August 16: Shark
Scientists found the largest fish encountered with the ROV, a Greenland Shark. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013: Squid Video

video August 16: Squid
A squid rests on the seafloor, changing color as it sits on its "elbows" to breathe. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013: Toadfish Video

video August 14: Toadfish
A toadfish covered with parasites sits on the seafloor near Oceanographer Canyon. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013: Chimaera Video

video August 13: Chimaera
A chimaera swims lazily a couple meters above the seafloor in Lydonia Canyon. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013: Octopus Video

video August 12: Octopus
An octopus makes his way along the seafloor before making a quick exit. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 13.

video August 12: Swordfish
A swordfish darts by, knocking over a red crab perched on a boulder, in an intercanyon. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 11.

video August 11: Catshark
A catshark cruises along the seafloor in an intercanyon area between Heezen and Nygren Canyons.(Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013: Bathysaurus Video

video August 5: Bathysaurus
The deep-sea lizard fish was observed on the south side of Mytilus Seamount. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 02.

video August 2: Fly Up
An octopus "flies" by during Dive 02 at a minor canyon near Shallop Canyon. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 2.

video August 2: Octopus
An octopus dances for the remotely operated vehicle near Shallop Canyon. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 12.

video August 1: Eel Attack
An eel unsuccessfully attacks a squid while it is resting on the seafloor in 750 meters waters. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 13.

video July 21 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 13. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 12.

video July 20 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 12. (Video)

A lithodid king crab seen in Veatch Canyon.

video July 20 King Crab
A lithodid king crab seen in Veatch Canyon. (Video)

A baby octopus (Graneledone verrucosa) moves across the seafloor as ROV Deep Discovererexplores Veatch Canyon on July 20, 2013.

video July 20 Video
A baby octopus moves across the seafloor of Veatch Canyon. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 11.

video July 19 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 11. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 10.

video July 18 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 10. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 9.

video July 17 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 9. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 8.

video July 16 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 8. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 7.

video July 15 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 7. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 7.

video July 15 Squid
This squid was filmed by the Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle during Dive 07 in Atlantis Canyon. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 July 15 Bobtail Squid

video July 15 Bobtail Squid
A bobtail squid is imaged during Dive 07 in Atlantis Canyon. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 July 15 Skate

video July 15 Skate
During Dive 07, scientists got up close with a skate resting on the canyon wall. (Video)

An octopus makes his way along the seafloor.

video July 15 Video Log
An octopus makes his way along the seafloor. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 6.

video July 14 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 6. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 5.

video July 13 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 5. (Video)

A Rhinochimera (Harriotta sp.) swims 10 meters above the seafloor in Hydrographer Canyon.

video July 13 Rhinochimera
A Rhinochimera (Harriotta sp.) swims 10 meters above the seafloor in Hydrographer Canyon. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 4.

video July 12 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 4. (Video)

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 3.

video July 12 Octopus
An octopus spotted during seafloor exploration.

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 3.

video July 11 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 3.

Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 2.

video July 10 Video Log
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 highlights video, dive 2.

 

Images

An octopus strikes a pose for the remotely operated vehicle near Shallop Canyon.

August 16 Log
An octopus strikes a pose for the remotely operated vehicle near Shallop Canyon. (HR)

A seaspider, or pycnogonid, seen while exploring Oceanographer Canyon.

August 16 Log
A seaspider, or pycnogonid, seen while exploring Oceanographer Canyon. (HR)

A porcupine crab makes its way over the muddy bottom.

August 16 Log
A porcupine crab makes its way over the muddy bottom. (HR)

A chimera swims lazily a couple meters above the seafloor in Lydonia Canyon.

August 16 Log
A chimera swims lazily a couple meters above the seafloor in Lydonia Canyon. (HR)

Anthomastus coral in Oceanographer Canyon.

August 16 Log
Anthomastus coral in Oceanographer Canyon. (HR)

An unusual deep-sea jellysfish swims across the remotely operated vehicle's field of view.

August 16 Log
An unusual deep-sea jellysfish swims across the remotely operated vehicle's field of view. (HR)

A striking purple coral, Clavularia sp., seen in Nygren Canyon.

August 16 Log
A striking purple coral, Clavularia sp., seen in Nygren Canyon. (HR)

A squat lobster peeks out from under a rock in an intercanyon between Powell and Lydonia Canyons.

August 16 Log
A squat lobster peeks out from under a rock in an intercanyon between Powell and Lydonia Canyons. (HR)

A translucent holothurian, or sea cucumber, shifts through the sediment for his dinner.

August 16 Log
A translucent holothurian, or sea cucumber, shifts through the sediment for his dinner. (HR)

A fish gets up close and personal with the Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle.

August 16 Log
A fish gets up close and personal with the Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle. (HR)

A Paragorgia with numerous brittle starts living in its branches.

August 16 Log
A Paragorgia with numerous brittle stars living in its branches. (HR)

A scale worm makes her way across the sedimented seafloor of Lydonia Canyon.

August 16 Log
A scale worm makes her way across the sedimented seafloor of Lydonia Canyon. (HR)

As seen in Heezen Canyon, an eelpout rests on the seafloor.

August 16 Log
As seen in Heezen Canyon, an eelpout rests on the seafloor. (HR)

A goosefish lays and waits for its dinner to swim through its strike zone.

August 16 Log
A goosefish lays and waits for its dinner to swim through its strike zone. (HR)

Corals form habitat for other organisms.

August 16 Log
Corals form habitat for other organisms. (HR)

ROV D2 inspecting a large block of mudstone displaced from the wall of Heezen Canyon.

August 13 Log
ROV D2 inspecting a large block of mudstone displaced from the wall of Heezen Canyon. (HR)

Recent sediment transport down the wall of Lydonia Canyon.

August 13 Log
"Recent" sediment transport down the wall of Lydonia Canyon. (HR)

Debris material of various sizes and shapes accumulated in a debris apron at the base of a wall in Block Canyon.

August 13 Log
Debris material accumulated in a debris apron at the base of a wall in Block Canyon. (HR)

Recent rockfall and spalling failure exposing a clean wall section within Oceanographer Canyon.

August 13 Log
"Recent" rockfall and spalling failure exposing a clean wall section within Oceanographer Canyon. (HR)

An example of the layered nature and differential erosion of the stratigraphy exposed along the walls in Block Canyon.

August 13 Log
Example of the layered nature and differential erosion of stratigraphy exposed along Block Canyon walls. (HR)

Differential erosion between weaker (possibly chalk) and stronger (porcellanite?) lithologies result in tabular slab failure of the stronger rocks.

August 13 Log
Differential erosion between weaker and stronger rocks result in tabular slab failure of the stronger rocks. (HR)

A view of the Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from the Seirios camera sled in Heezen Canyon, shows just how “up close and personal” the ROV can get to rock outcrops and associated biology.

August 11 Log
The Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle gets “up close and personal” to rock outcrops and biology.

A scalloped portion of the wall in Heezen Canyon.

August 11 Log
A scalloped portion of the wall in Heezen Canyon.

An example of how biology (in this case a hake)  uses fractures in the rocks as suitable habitat.

August 11 Log
An example of how biology (in this case a hake) uses fractures in the rocks as suitable habitat.

A boulder encrusted with biology – anemones and corals.

August 11 Log
A boulder encrusted with biology – anemones and corals.

It takes a diverse team with many kinds of skills to image the deepest regions of the ocean.

August 9 Log
It takes a diverse team with many kinds of skills to image the deepest regions of the ocean. (HR)

The technical components of telepresence are older than you might think

August 9 Log
The technical components of telepresence are older than you might think.

The control room of the Okeanos is as well coordinated as any live television studio.

August 9 Log
The control room of the Okeanos is as well coordinated as any live television studio. (HR)

Close-up of a young bamboo coral colony.

August 7 Log
Close-up of a "young" bamboo coral colony.

Keratoisis-like bamboo coral with several brittle stars (Ophiuroids) on the branches.

August 7 Log
Keratoisis-like bamboo coral with several brittle stars (Ophiuroids) on the branches.

An unidentified bamboo coral projecting off the side of a wall.

August 7 Log
An unidentified bamboo coral projecting off the side of a wall.

Bramble bamboo coral.

August 7 Log
"Bramble" bamboo coral.

The marvelous giant bamboo fan, Jasonisis, from Nygren Canyon.

August 7 Log
The marvelous giant bamboo fan, Jasonisis, from Nygren Canyon. (HR)

Abundance and diversity of corals are just some of ecosystem characteristics that can be gleaned from the live Okeanos Explorer feeds.

August 6 Log
We observed this colony of Jasonisis, a bamboo coral, with numerous crinoid associates. (HR)

Sponges are abundant and diverse at Mytilus Seamount.

August 6 Log
Sponges are abundant and diverse at Mytilus Seamount. (HR)

The deep-sea lizard fish (Bathysaurus) was observed on the south side of Mytilus Seamount.

August 6 Log
The deep-sea lizard fish (Bathysaurus) was observed on the south side of Mytilus Seamount. (HR)

This view of steep basalt pillars on the north side of Mytilus Seamount resembles a lava flow, illustrating the seamount’s volcanic origin.

August 6 Log
View of steep basalt pillars on the north side of Mytilus Seamount resembles a lava flow. (HR)

Abundance and diversity of corals are just some of ecosystem characteristics that can be gleaned from the live Okeanos Explorer feeds.

August 5 Log
Abundance and diversity of corals are some of characteristics that can be gleaned from the live feeds. (HR)

A colony with bright color and full branches with many extended polyps would be considered healthy or in good condition.

August 5 Log
A colony with bright color and full branches with many extended polyps would be considered healthy. (HR)

A large toppled Paragorgia or bubblegum coral colony was observed in Hydrographer Canyon.

August 5 Log
A toppled Paragorgia or bubblegum coral colony observed in Hydrographer Canyon. (HR)

Longlines, such as the one seen here, can cause injury to coral.

August 5 Log
Longlines, such as the one seen here, can cause injury to coral. (HR)

Diverse deep-sea coral and sponge habitats were imaged in the canyons explored during the Northeast U.S. Canyons 2013 Expedition.

Leg 1 Summary
Diverse deep-sea coral and sponge habitats were imaged in the canyons explored during the expedition. (HR)

Rare stalked crinoids were observed during a deep dive in Block Canyon.

Leg 1 Summary
ROV team prep the ROV Deep Discoverer and Camera Sled Seirios for the next dive. (HR)

A king crab explores the soft sediment.

Leg 1 Summary
A king crab explores the soft sediment. (HR)

A skate rests vertically along the wall of Atlantis Canyon.

Leg 1 Summary
A skate rests vertically along the wall of Atlantis Canyon. (HR)

Shown in this image, chemosynthetic mussels of varying sizes were present at New England Seep Site 1.

Leg 1 Summary
Shown in this image, chemosynthetic mussels of varying sizes were present at New England Seep Site 1. (HR)

ROV Deep Discoverer is recovered after a successful dive at Block Canyon.

Leg 1 Summary
ROV Deep Discoverer is recovered after a successful dive at Block Canyon.

Dr. Brendan Roark preps the CTD rosette onboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

Leg 1 Summary
Dr. Brendan Roark preps the CTD rosette onboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. (HR)

Bathymetric map summarizing operations conducted during Leg 1 of the Northeast U.S. Canyons 2013 Expedition.

Leg 1 Summary
Bathymetric map summarizing operations conducted during Leg 1 of the expedition. (HR)

A telepresence-enabled platform, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer uses satellite technology to transmit data and video in real-time

July 31 Log
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer uses satellite technology to transmit data and video in real-time. (HR)

Bob Carney follows along with the expedition from his lab at Louisiana State University.

July 31 Log
Bob Carney follows along with the expedition from his lab at Louisiana State University. (HR)

USGS scientists Amanda Demopoulos and Jennifer McClain-Counts participate from Gainesville.

July 31 Log
USGS scientists Amanda Demopoulos and Jennifer McClain-Counts participate from Gainesville. (HR)

The Okeanos Explorer Program uses a centralized instant messaging system to facilitate communication, and the eventlog group chat room

July 31 Log
The Okeanos Explorer uses a centralized instant messaging system and “eventlog” group chat room.

Telepresence provides many opportunities, including training the next generation of scientists.

July 31 Log
Telepresence provides many opportunities, including training the next generation of scientists. (HR)

Telepresence  allows a variety of  institutions  to use the live feeds from the ship for education and outreach.

July 31 Log
Telepresence allows a variety of institutions to use the live feeds from the ship for education and outreach.

Anthony Sylvester (left) pilots ROV Deep Discoverer for the first time while Bobby Mohr watches from the navigator position.

July 24 Log
Anthony Sylvester pilots ROV Deep Discoverer for the first time.

Members of the ROV team recover Deep Discoverer after a dive.

July 24 Log
Members of the ROV team recover Deep Discoverer after a dive.

Dr. Brian Bingam conducts a pre-dive briefing with the ROV team.

July 24 Log
Dr. Brian Bingam conducts a pre-dive briefing with the ROV team.

Bobby Mohr and Jeff Williams provide guidance during Anthony Sylvester's experience as an ROV pilot.

July 24 Log
Bobby Mohr and Jeff Williams provide guidance during Anthony Sylvester's experience as an ROV pilot.

One of the more strange-looking animals we came across in Veatch Canyon, a bathysaurus.

July 22 Log
One of the more strange-looking animals we came across in Veatch Canyon, a bathysaurus. (HR)

A baby octopus (Graneledone verrucosa) moves across the seafloor as ROV Deep Discoverer explores Veatch Canyon.

July 22 Log
A baby octopus moves across the seafloor as ROV Deep Discoverer explores Veatch Canyon. (HR)

A shrimp rests on octocoral in Hydrographer Canyon.

July 22 Log
A shrimp rests on octocoral in Hydrographer Canyon.(HR)

A red brittle star occupies a beautiful white octocoral.

July 22 Log
A red brittle star occupies a beautiful white octocoral. (HR)

A large white glass sponge growing on a canyon wall.

July 22 Log
A large white glass sponge growing on a canyon wall. (HR)

During ROV launch one morning we had a special visitor – a whale shark!

July 22 Log
During ROV launch one morning we had a special visitor – a whale shark! (HR)

An eel pout, Lycenchelys paxillus, poses for ROV Deep Discoverer’s cameras.

July 22 Log
An eel pout, Lycenchelys paxillus, poses for ROV Deep Discoverer’s cameras. (HR)

Throughout the expedition we have seen several octopus, but few have been as cute as this one!

July 22 Log
Throughout the expedition we have seen several cephlapods, but few have been as cute as this one! (HR)

Benthic ctenophores are a rare find even for deep-sea biologists.

July 22 Log
Benthic ctenophores are a rare find even for deep-sea biologists. (HR)

A jellyfish swims in the water column as ROV Deep Discoverer approaches the seafloor.

July 22 Log
A jellyfish swims in the water column as ROV Deep Discoverer approaches the seafloor. (HR)

Antimora rostrata (blue cod) fish with a parasitic copepod attached.

July 22 Log
Antimora rostrata (blue cod) fish with a parasitic copepod attached. (HR)

Small shrimp hide in a glass sponge in Hydrographer Canyon.

July 22 Log
Small shrimp hide in a glass sponge in Hydrographer Canyon. (HR)

A brittle star hangs out on a black coral.

July 22 Log
A brittle star hangs out on a black coral. (HR)

We encountered a lime green heart urchin in Veatch Canyon.

July 22 Log
We encountered a lime green heart urchin in Veatch Canyon. (HR)

Lithodid king crab finds a spiky urchin friend.

July 22 Log
Lithodid king crab finds a spiky urchin friend. (HR)

A brisingid seastar rests on a small bubblegum coral in Hydrographer Canyon.

July 22 Log
A brisingid seastar rests on a small bubblegum coral in Hydrographer Canyon. (HR)

A small hermit crab drags a shell across the seafloor.

July 22 Log
A small hermit crab drags a shell across the seafloor. (HR)

Pycnogonids or sea spiders have muscles so small that they are only a single cell surrounded by connective tissue!

July 22 Log
Sea spiders have muscles so small that they are only a single cell surrounded by connective tissue! (HR)

Crew members BGL Jerrod Hozendorf (left) and AB Kelson Bracey aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer prepare for the 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.

July 22 Log
Whiplash (Mastigoteuthis) squid waits in the water column while hunting. (HR)

Tyler Sheff, Chief Boatswain, operates ROV Deep Discoverer’s crane with a wireless control.

July 17 Log
Tyler Sheff, Chief Boatswain, operates ROV Deep Discoverer’s crane with a wireless control. (HR)

Crew members BGL Jerrod Hozendorf (left) and AB Kelson Bracey aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer prepare for the 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.

July 17 Log
Crew members BGL Jerrod Hozendorf and AB Kelson Bracey aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. (HR)

AB Kelson Bracey (left), BGL Jerrod Hozendorf (center) and AB Doug McKay (right) launch Camera Sled Seirios from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

July 17 Log
AB Kelson Bracey, BGL Jerrod Hozendorf, and AB Doug McKay launch Camera Sled Seirio. (HR)

The NOAA and American flags fly above NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

July 17 Log
The NOAA and American flags fly above NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. (HR)

A Rhinochimera (Harriotta sp.) swims 10 meters above the seafloor.

July 14 Log
A Rhinochimera (Harriotta sp.) swims 10 meters above the seafloor. (HR)

An octopus guards her eggs under an overhang in Hydrographer Canyon.

July 14 Log
An octopus guards her eggs under an overhang in Hydrographer Canyon. (HR)

A coral recruit and a glass sponge along the wall of Hydrographer Canyon.

July 14 Log
A coral recruit and a glass sponge along the wall of Hydrographer Canyon. (HR)

Hydrographer Canyon proved to be a diverse habitat for deep-sea corals.

July 14 Log
Hydrographer Canyon proved to be a diverse habitat for deep-sea corals. (HR)

ROV D2 explores steep slopes and cliff faces along the walls of Hydrographer Canyon.

July 14 Log
ROV D2 explores steep slopes and cliff faces along the walls of Hydrographer Canyon. (HR)

Several different fish species, including this Gaidropsarus peaking out from under a carbonate rock, were observed on the two seep dives.

July 12 Log
Several different fish species were observed on the two seep dives. (HR)

Massive carbonates (brown rocks), live and dead mussels, and white bacterial mats were found at a seep site explored by D2 on July 11

July 12 Log
Massive carbonates, live and dead mussels, and white bacterial mats found at a seep site. (HR)

Gas hydrates found at the seafloor on July 11 and July 12 had different forms.

July 12 Log
Gas hydrates found at the seafloor on July 11 and July 12 had different forms. (HR)

Gas hydrates found at the seafloor on July 11 and July 12 had different forms.

July 12 Log
Gas hydrates found at the seafloor on July 11 and July 12 had different forms. (HR)

Angular mudstone boulder sitting on silty-clay sediment at the base of the landslide scarp investigated during Dive 01.

July 9 & 10 Log
Deep Discoverer seen from camera platform Seirios, investigating boulders at landslide scarp base. (HR)

Multibeam map of the Dive 02 overlaid with the track of ROV Deep Discoverer.

July 9 & 10 Log
The seafloor is a mix of semi-consolidated to consolidated material overlain by sediment. (HR)

Multibeam map of the Dive 01 overlaid with the track of ROV Deep Discoverer.

July 9 & 10 Log
Multibeam map of the Dive 01 overlaid with the track of ROV Deep Discoverer. (HR)

Mudstone outcrops along the upper portion of a 250-meter-high landslide headwall scarp located on the lower continental slope south of New England

July 9 & 10 Log
Mudstone outcrops on portion of landslide headwall scarp on continental slope south of New England. (HR)

Angular mudstone boulder sitting on silty-clay sediment at the base of the landslide scarp investigated during Dive 01.

July 9 & 10 Log
Mudstone boulder sitting on sediment at the base of landslide scarp investigated during Dive 01. (HR)

Multibeam map of the Dive 02 overlaid with the track of ROV Deep Discoverer.

July 9 & 10 Log
Multibeam map of the Dive 02 overlaid with the track of ROV Deep Discoverer. (HR)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s ROV team prepares the ROV Deep Discoverer for the first dive of the mission.

July 9 & 10 Log
Round igneous rock sitting in soft sediments within one of the pockmarks investigated during Dive 02. (HR)

Google Earth map showing management interest in the expedition operating area.

July 9 & 10 Log
One of the numerous Atlantic deep-sea red crab mating pairs seen by ROV Deep Discoverer during Dive 02.  (HR)

The ROV team prepares the ROV Deep Discoverer for the first dive of the mission.

July 8 Log
The ROV team prepares the ROV Deep Discoverer for the first dive of the mission. (HR)

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducts operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mission Plan
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer conducts operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Map showing submarine canyon and seamount areas expected to be explored during the Okeanos Explorer Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.

Mission Plan
Map showing areas expected to be explored during the Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition. (HR)

The Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s new 6,000-meter-rated Deep Discoverer ROV was brought online for engineering trials this past May

Mission Plan
The Deep Discoverer ROV was brought online for engineering trials this past May. (HR)

A species of rockling (Family Lotidae) nestles within beds of chemosynthetic mussels.

Canyons
A species of rockling (Family Lotidae) nestles within beds of chemosynthetic mussels.

A bythitid meanders through a cluster of corals, including red Paragorgia and white Lophelia pertusa, and basket stars.

Canyons
A bythitid meanders through corals, including red Paragorgia and white Lophelia pertusa, and basket stars. (HR)

Google Earth image of Hudson Canyon.

Canyons
Google Earth image of Hudson Canyon.

Often multiple species of invertebrates are found co-occurring on rock ledges and canyon walls.

Canyons
Often multiple species of invertebrates are found co-occurring on rock ledges and canyon walls. (HR)

Bubblegum coral (Paragorgia), several colonies of Primnoa, an anemone, and sea star all inhabiting a boulder within the canyon.

Canyons
Bubblegum coral, colonies of Primnoa, an anemone, and sea star inhabiting a boulder within the canyon. (HR)

TowCam image of part of the landslide scarp from which the above material was dislodged.

Hazards Interests
TowCam image of part of the landslide scarp from which the above material was dislodged. (HR)

TowCam image of debris material that has been dislodged from a submarine landslide scarp just out of the frame

Hazards Interests
Image of debris material that has been dislodged from a submarine landslide scarp just out of the frame. (HR)

Map of the Munson-Nygren-Retriever landslide complex along the lower slope off Georges Bank.

Hazards Interests
Map of the Munson-Nygren-Retriever landslide complex along the lower slope off Georges Bank. (HR)

A diverse assemblage of corals and sponges, including yellow sponges (lower left) and colonial and solitary scleractinian (stony) corals (center of photo), observed on the western side of Munson Canyon

Partnerships
A diverse assemblage of corals and sponges observed on the western side of Munson Canyon. (HR)

TowCam image of part of the landslide scarp from which the above material was dislodged.

Partnerships
View of the western canyon wall in Ryan Canyon (1,682-1,832 meters). (HR)

A diverse assemblage of deep-sea corals, including Anthomastus sp. (numerous, small red corals in foreground), Paragorgia sp. (large red coral in upper right corner), and Paramuricea sp. (yellow), observed on the eastern wall of Powell Canyon

Partnerships
A diverse assemblage of deep-sea corals observed on the eastern wall of Powell Canyon. (HR)

Methane gas hydrate formed underneath a rock overhang at the seafloor on the Blake Ridge cold seep off the coast of South Carolina.

Cold Seeps
Methane gas hydrate formed underneath a rock overhang at the seafloor on the Blake Ridge cold seep.

Map showing bathymetric data collected along the U.S. Atlantic coast.

Cold Seeps
Map showing bathymetric data collected along the U.S. Atlantic coast. (HR)

Methane bubbles flow in small streams out of the sediment on an area of seafloor offshore Virginia

Cold Seeps
Methane bubbles flow in small streams out of the sediment offshore Virginia. (HR)

A newly discovered mussel bed with octopus Graneledone verrucosa and brittle stars

Cold Seeps
A newly discovered mussel bed with octopus Graneledone verrucosa and brittle stars. (HR)

Overview of extensive chemosynthetic mussel communities colonizing carbonate and sedimented mounds

Cold Seeps
Extensive mussel communities colonizing carbonate and sedimented mounds. (HR)

Close-up view of a live chemosynthetic mussel bed.

Cold Seeps
Close-up view of a live chemosynthetic mussel bed. (HR)

 

Images (Daily Updates)

In the last couple minutes of the last dive of the field season, we found the largest fish we have ever encountered with the ROV, a Greenland Shark.

Daily Update: August 16
In the last minutes of the last dive, we found the largest fish we have ever encountered with the ROV. (HR)

An octopus hides in the rocks in Welker Canyon.

Daily Update: August 15
An octopus hides in the rocks in Welker Canyon. (HR)

A large black coral and two Paramuricea corals in Oceanographer Canyon.

Daily Update: August 14
A large black coral and two Paramuricea corals in Oceanographer Canyon. (HR)

 

 

 

 

Deep-sea coral provides a habitat for many other animals. In this image, a pycnogonid or sea spider may be feeding on an anemone while both of them are living on a Paramuricea coral.

Daily Update: August 13
A pycnogonid or sea spider may be feeding on an anemone while both of them are living on a coral. (HR)

If you look closely, you can see a ctenophore, or comb jelly, being digested inside the larger predatory beroid ctenophore.

Daily Update: August 12
A ctenophore, or comb jelly, being digested inside the larger predatory beroid ctenophore. (HR)

A hake interrupts a red crab while it is eating ctenophore.

Daily Update: August 11
A hake interrupts a red crab while it is eating ctenophore. (HR)

The Okeanos Explorer’s ROV team uses the weather day to fine tune the vehicles and preform any maintenance that is required.

Daily Update: August 10
The ROV team uses the weather day to fine tune the vehicles and preform any maintenance that is required. (HR)

NOAA’s ROV Deep Discover, or D2 for short, explores an underwater forest of corals.

Daily Update: August 9
NOAA’s ROV Deep Discover, or D2 for short, explores an underwater “forest” of corals. (HR)

A Paramuricea coral in Nygren Canyon which 165 nautical miles southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Daily Update: August 8
A Paramuricea coral in Nygren Canyon which 165 nautical miles southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. (HR)

Cup corals and a sea star a mile underwater in Heezen Canyon.

Daily Update: August 7
Cup corals and a sea star a mile underwater in Heezen Canyon. (HR)

This pink geometric pattern we found in Nygren Canyon over a mile under water stumped the scientist for a while. The current thought is that it is some type of mollusk egg case.

Daily Update: August 6
This pink geometric pattern we found in Nygren Canyon over a mile under water stumped the scientist for a while. (HR)

A crinoid or feather star hangs out on a deepwater coral on the south side of Mytilus Seamount.

Daily Update: August 5
A crinoid or feather star hangs out on a deepwater coral on the south side of Mytilus Seamount. (HR)

NOAA’s ROV, Deep Discoverer, examines a deepwater coral colony on the north flank of the almost wholly unexplored Mytilus Seamount.

Daily Update: August 4
NOAA’s ROV examines a coral colony on the north flank of the almost wholly unexplored Mytilus Seamount. (HR)

NOAA’s ROV, Deep Discoverer, examines a collection of deepwater corals on the western wall of Oceanographer Canyon.

Daily Update: August 3
NOAA’s ROV examines a collection of deepwater corals on the western wall of Oceanographer Canyon. (HR)

A squat lobster hangs out in a black coral more than a kilometer underwater.

Daily Update: August 2
A squat lobster hangs out in a black coral more than a kilometer underwater. (HR)

An eel unsuccessfully attacks a squid while it is resting on the seafloor in 750 meters waters.

Daily Update: August 1
An eel unsuccessfully attacks a squid while it is resting on the seafloor in 750 meters waters. (HR)

The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer prepares to depart for the Northeast U.S. Canyons 2013 Expedition.

Daily Update: July 31
The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer prepares to depart for the Northeast U.S. Canyons 2013 Expedition.

16 dives in 16 days, and everyone is still smiling!

Daily Update: July 25
16 dives in 16 days, and everyone is still smiling! (HR)

A squat lobster, Munidopsis sp., is associated with a branching stony coral on the east wall of a minor canyon explored on July 24, 2013.

Daily Update: July 24
A squat lobster is associated with a branching stony coral on the east wall of a minor canyon. (HR)

ROV Deep Discoverer investigates the geomorphology of Block Canyon.

Daily Update: July 23
ROV Deep Discoverer investigates the geomorphology of Block Canyon. (HR)

Close up view of a stalked crinoid’s (sea lily) mouth and arms.

Daily Update: July 22
Close up view of a stalked crinoid’s (sea lily) mouth and arms. (HR)

Corals, including cup corals and bubblegum corals reside on the hard substrate near the edge of the mussel bed.

Daily Update: July 21
Corals, including cup corals and bubblegum corals reside on the hard substrate near the edge of the mussel bed. (HR)

A rarely observed deep-water skate is imaged on the seafloor of Veatch canyon during a dive on July 20, 2013.

Daily Update: July 20
A rarely observed deep-water skate is imaged on the seafloor of Veatch canyon. (HR)

A brisingid seastar rests on a group of cup corals in Alvin Canyon.

Daily Update: July 19
A brisingid seastar rests on a group of cup corals in Alvin Canyon. (HR)

NOAA’s Seirios camera sled images ROV Deep Discoverer exploring the eastern wall of Alvin Canyon.

Daily Update: July 18
NOAA’s Seirios camera sled images ROV Deep Discoverer exploring the eastern wall of Alvin Canyon. (HR)

Cup coral is a solitary deep-sea scleractinian, or stony, coral common along the walls of Alvin Canyon.

Daily Update: July 17
Cup coral is a solitary deep-sea scleractinian, or stony, coral common along the walls of Alvin Canyon. (HR)

A considered obligate relationship between a specific species of octocoral and brittle star

Daily Update: July 16
A considered obligate relationship between a specific species of octocoral and brittle star. (HR)

A bobtail squid is imaged by ROV D2 during Dive 07 in Atlantis Canyon.

Daily Update: July 15
A bobtail squid is imaged by ROV D2 during Dive 07 in Atlantis Canyon. (HR)

Amongst the diverse coral community along Hydrographer Canyon, ROV D2 observed a glass sponge containing cephalopod eggs.

Daily Update: July 14
In Hydrographer Canyon, ROV D2 observed a glass sponge containing cephalopod eggs. (HR)

A bivalve surrounded by cup corals and soft corals are attached to a steep cliff face.

Daily Update: July 13
A bivalve surrounded by cup corals and soft corals are attached to a steep cliff face. (HR)

Close-up of a large bathymodiolus sp. mussel bed was discovered at 1,426 meters.

Daily Update: July 12
Close-up of a large bathymodiolus sp. mussel bed was discovered at 1,426 meters. (HR)

Close-up of methane hydrate observed at a depth of 1,055 meters, near where bubble plumes were detected in previous sonar data.

Daily Update: July 11
Close-up of methane hydrate observed near where bubble plumes were detected in sonar data. (HR)

An aggregation of deep sea red crabs prey on what appear to be eggs lying on the seafloor.

Daily Update: July 10
An aggregation of deep sea red crabs prey on what appear to be eggs lying on the seafloor. (HR)

NOAA's new deepwater remotely operated vehicle, Deep Discoverer (D2), is deployed off the fantail of the ship for the first dive of the expedition.

Daily Update: July 9
NOAA's new ROV, Deep Discoverer, is deployed off the ship for the expedition first dive. (HR)

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer pierside at her homeport in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. She departed her homeport at approximately 1200 today, commencing the 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.

Daily Update: July 8
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer pierside at her homeport in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. (HR)

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