This coral (Paragorgia sp.) is one of the many beautiful species seen at Davidson Seamount.
Expedition goal: The overarching goal is to survey previously unexplored regions of Davidson Seamount, a region of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This inactive underwater volcano is home to deep-sea corals and sponges, which create habitat for many other animals. Less than one percent of the seamount has been explored.
Expedition technology: We will use a two-ROV system, ROV Argus and ROV Hercules, to act as our eyes and hands underwater. We will use the ROVs to conduct visual surveys, transects, and to collect water, sediment, rock, and biological samples. We will also deploy National Geographic’s “Deep Ocean Dropcam”, a baited camera system that will take photos of animals near the seafloor.
Expedition dates: October 21- 31, 2018
Ship: E/V Nautilus
MBARI Personnel: Amanda Kahn