Galápagos Rift Expedition 2011

Mission Overview

From June to July 2011, a team of scientists and technicians both at-sea and on shore conducted exploratory investigations on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life in the vicinity of the Galápagos Islands. The 50-day expedition was divided into two ‘legs’ and included work in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and international waters.

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Video Highlights

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Sea Cucumber

A bright pink Holothurian sea cucumber rests beneath large 'pillows' of cooled lava that have since been coated in sediment.

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Octopus

This octopus and several like it were observed for lengthy periods between ship moves, on numerous ROV dives.

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Sea Turtle

This inquisitive sea turtle descended with and bumped the ROV several times.

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