Identified as the highlight of the cruise by many of our scientists and viewers alike, this dumbo octopus displayed a body posture that has never before been observed in cirrate octopods.

During the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition, only two scientists participated in the cruise onboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Via telepresense, the majority of the science team participated from shore - tuning into the live video feeds online and communicating directly with other members of the science team using instant messaging and a teleconference line. Here, Dr. Dennis Hanisak runs through the mission plan with a team of students participating in the expedition from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Exploration Command Center. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

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Leg 3 Summary

Exploration of the Gulf of Mexico 2014

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer