May 8, 2007
MBARI’s ROV Ventana completes 3,000 science dives
MBARI’s first remotely operated vehicle, ROV Ventana, reached a new milestone today with the completion of its 3,000th research dive. Outfitted in 1988, ROV Ventana still navigates the deep waters of Monterey Bay four days a week and has completed more dives than any other scientific ROV. Over the years, the robot submarine has been modified so many times that almost no parts from the original vehicle remain. Thus it is now considerably stronger, more adaptable, and has better “eyesight” (cameras) than when it was first purchased. Ventana and its host vessel, the research vessel Point Lobos, have provided scientists with an unprecedented views of the geology of Monterey Bay as well as its midwater and bottom-dwelling animals. Under the meticulous care and handling of its pilots and the crew of the R/V Point Lobos, ROV Ventana will no doubt provide, as its name suggests in Spanish, a “window” on the bay for many years to come.
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