On this leg of the expedition, we have biologists who can take advantage of some of the geology samples to look for by-catch. Today, Shannon Johnson found some animals on rocks that were very interesting to her!
Today we dove the ROV Doc Ricketts into a long linear trough only 15 meters (50 feet) wide at its base. This was barely wide enough for the ROV to turn around without banging into the sides of the trough.
The expedition is now more than halfway completed and the R/V Western Flyer is once again transiting north through the Gulf of California from La Paz… this leg will primarily focus on the faults and seeps along the transform fault line where the North American and Pacific Plates meet.
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