January 12, 2004

Return to the whale fall

This gray whale carcass is now home for a variety of deep-sea animals. The orange float beside the skull has a homing beacon that allows researchers to find this site again.

This gray whale carcass is now home for a variety of deep-sea animals. The orange float beside the skull has a homing beacon that allows researchers to find this site again.

This week MBARI scientist Robert Vrijenhoek revisited a dead whale carcass nearly 2,900 meters (1.8 miles) deep in Monterey Canyon. This was the fifth MBARI mission to this site since the whale was first discovered in October 2002. Using ROV Tiburon, Vrijenhoek and colleagues continued to study the unique biological community that has grown around the whale carcass and document the changes that have occurred since their previous visits.


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