News archive – 2015

Sponges and basket star on Davidson Seamount. Image (c) NOAA/MBARI

New website catalogs thousands of deep-sea animals and seafloor features

MBARI's new Deep-Sea Guide makes it easy for anyone to search MBARI's treasure trove of images and scientific observations of deep-sea animals, seafloor habitats, geological features, and research tools. Previously only available for internal use, the Deep-Sea Guide is now available to scientists and the general public.
Instruments used in the Coordinated Canyon Experiment

Instruments used in the Coordinated Canyon Experiment

Submarine canyons are notoriously difficult to study because underwater avalanches periodically surge down the bottoms of many canyons, often burying or destroying scientific instruments. After more than a decade of placing (and sometimes losing) equipment in Monterey Canyon, MBARI researchers have created a unique new tool to study canyon processes.
Tomoptorid worm

Bristle worms get their turn

An amazing variety of bristle worms thrive in the ocean, both on the seafloor and up in the water column. Here are some examples of the bizarre and wonderful polychaetes that MBARI researchers have seen in the ocean depths.
Tiburon Dive# 547

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Epoch seconds= 1049117121
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MBARI celebrates Cephalopod Week

For the second year in a row, MBARI has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Science Friday, the American Museum of Natural History, and other groups to present a wonderful array of cephalopod images and videos as part of "Cephalopod Week."
pH probes in MBARI test tank

MBARI researchers reach final stage of Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

A team including two MBARI researchers has been selected for the final stage of a million-dollar ocean technology competition. The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE has offered two prizes of $1 million each to science and engineering teams from around the world to create a pH sensor that accurately and affordably measures ocean acidification.
Vampire squid in Monterey Bay

Vampire squid live long and reproduce often

Female squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish end life with a bang. Usually, these soft-bodied cephalopods die after a single, end-of-life reproductive blaze of glory. But scientists have recently learned that one deep-red, foot-long cephalopod breaks this deadly pattern.
wave-power buoy recovery

Experimental wave-power buoy survives winter in Monterey Bay

In early January 2015, a team of MBARI engineers, led by Andy Hamilton, set out to sea to recover an experimental buoy that creates electrical energy from ocean waves. This power buoy had been deployed six miles southwest of Moss Landing Harbor for 131 days, while engineers tested the system’s ability to handle storms.