MBARI partners with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to study deep seafloor animals

MBARI researchers photographed these large goiter sponges during an ROV dive on Sur Rdige in 2014.

MBARI researchers photographed these large goiter sponges during an ROV dive on Sur Ridge in 2014.

August 25, 2016

From August 24 to 28, 2016, researchers from MBARI and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary conducted research on the deep seafloor of the Sanctuary. Led by MBARI marine biologist Jim Barry and Sanctuary Research Coordinator Andrew DeVogelaere the team of scientists used MBARI’s research vessel Western Flyer and the remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts to record video observations and conducting experiments on the seafloor at depths of 200 to 3,000 meters. They also revisited Sur Ridge, a place of incredible deep-sea coral and sponge assemblages.

You can read daily notes on these dives on the Sanctuary’s web site.