The benthic rover during tests of the drive mechanism at about 3,300 feet depth in 2006. The rover is headed to the left; the bare poles on its front will hold sensitive respirometers when the vehicle is connected to MARS.
This project has installed a high resolution video camera in the nose cone of the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) named Dorado. The purpose is to conduct transects of the deep water in the Monterey Bay to identify the types and quantities of marine life that live there.
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.