On August 11, the team set out on a dive to search for the Japanese Destroyer, Hayate, which sank during the Battle of Wake Island; instead, they discovered and explored a Japanese cargo ship, Amakasu Maru No.1.
When remotely operated vehicle operations are completed for the day, the ship’s exploration priority switches to collecting seafloor bathymetry and water-column data.
As an on-ship science lead, the days are long and life is busy...but how does it compare to being a shore-based scientist?
Much like trees, octocoral colonies provide the same habitat complexity and three-dimensional structure in the deep sea as forests do on land.
As anyone following the Deepwater Wonders of Wake expedition is learning, while the ship’s crew, scientists, and engineers can prepare for months for a given expedition, not much can be done to prepare for poor weather conditions.
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