Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Day 14: Arriving in Freeport, Bahamas
February 12, 2012

Winds gusted to 45 knots on a cold and blustery morning as we approached Freeport, Bahamas.Read more...

Day 13: Steaming to Bahamas
February 11, 2012

We began the 40-hour journey toward the Bahamas late last night and will arrive early tomorrow morning, one day ahead of schedule. Read more...

Day 12: Sargassum surveys from space and sea
February 10, 2012

The Sargasso Sea expedition is using remote sensing at multiple scales to help understand Sargassum dynamics.Read more...

Day 11: Deploying the observatory
February 9, 2012

In addition to recording animal life, the time-lapse camera on the Sargasso deep-sea observatory has provided a window into physical dynamics on the seafloor. Read more...

Day 10: Drifting through Sargassum
February 8, 2012

The winds and waves also seemed ideal for Sargassum as we passed several large aggregations. We saw the most extensive raft today in the late afternoon, an extensive windrow with patches nearly half the size of the Lone Ranger. Read more...

Day 9: Views from the observatory
February 7, 2012

With the Sargasso deep-sea observatory safely secured on the ship, the science team began the job of processing the data and samples and servicing the instruments for another deployment.Read more...

Day 8: Recovering the deep-sea observatory
February 6, 2012

The deep sea is cold, dark, and under tremendous pressure, yet it is the largest habitat on planet Earth and home to many kinds of life. For deep-sea scientists, much of the challenge is getting instruments into this remote habitat.Read more...

Day 7: Sampling at Station 6
February 5, 2012

The winds reduced enough through the night for us to return to sampling today, even though the ocean swell remained substantial. But first we had to find Sargassum. Read more...

Day 6: Rough Seas
February 4, 2012

The winds increased through the night as we approached our next sampling location. When we prepared to launch the tender boat in the morning, it became clear that the weather was just too rough to continue. Read more...

Day 5: Sampling Station 5
February 3, 2012

With stormy weather approaching, the science team focused on collecting and processing Sargassum samples as quickly as possible during the morning while conditions were still adequate for operating the tender boat. Read more...

Day 4: Calm winds and kytoons
February 2, 2012

Light winds and calm seas contributed to a smooth transit during the day. The conditions were also just right for the KAI team to deploy a specially-designed kite balloon, also called a kytoon.Read more...

Day 3: Sargassum at Station 3
February 1, 2012

Today’s experience highlighted the efforts of the Kite Assist Institute (KAI) team to provide supporting imagery of Sargassum and its distribution patterns for the science team. Read more...

Day 2: Life in the Sargassum
January 31, 2012

The science team completed sampling at Station 1 today, processing nearly 13 liters of Sargassum material. This was well above the targeted 10 liter objective, a sometimes challenging goal at several stations last February and August when Sargassum coverage was more sparse.Read more...

Day 1: Leaving Bermuda
January 30, 2012

Today the Schmidt Ocean Institute ship the Lone Ranger departed from Bermuda to begin the third segment of the Sargasso Sea research project. Read more.

Cruise Homepage

Learn more about the Sargasso Sea and the research team's objectives.

Ken SmithResearch Team
Meet the members of the research team on this cruise.

ROV PhantomEquipment
Descriptions of the equipment used on this expedition.

Cruise 1:
February 2011

Read daily logs and learn more about the research projects.

Cruise 2:
Summer 2011

View the photo log of images sent back from the ship.