June 7, 2021

Live from the Deep: Explore the coral and sponge gardens of Sur Ridge

Tune in here on Wednesday, June 30! MBARI will be exploring Sur Ridge in NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), and we’d like you to join us!

Sur Ridge is a deep rocky outcrop off the coast of central California that rises 500 meters (1,640 feet) above the seafloor and supports gardens of deep-sea corals and sponges. Over the past decade, MBARI and MBNMS have partnered to explore and study this remarkable underwater oasis and better understand the growing impacts of climate change on the lush corals and sponges discovered there. Working aboard the R/V Western Flyer, researchers will use a suite of state-of-the-art marine technology, including cameras, high-resolution mapping tools, and the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts, to learn more about the countless mysteries that exist in the deep sea. 

During this special event on Wednesday, June 30, at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific), dive behind the scenes of MBARI’s expedition to Sur Ridge during our inaugural Live from the Deep virtual event. See live footage of the deep seafloor, ask experts from MBARI, MBNMS, and Monterey Bay Aquarium your questions, and find out what it’s really like to have a career exploring the deep ocean. Until then, explore Sur Ridge virtually on our website

WARNING: This video may potentially trigger photosensitivity reactions. Viewer discretion is advised.


Program Details:
This program will be streamed live on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific). Access the livestream by tuning in on MBARI’s YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter. We encourage you to interact with our expedition team during the livestream. Our scientists, engineers, educators, and aquarists will answer your questions live from the chat and comment threads during the program.

Live from the Deep will be accessible to non-English speakers, as well as Deaf and hard of hearing audiences, and incorporate American Sign Language and closed captioning in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English, French, Germany, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Tamil.


For Teachers:
This program incorporates the Next Generation Program Science Standards.

Ocean science curricula:


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MBARI Team

Ben Erwin

ROV Pilot/Technician, ROV Doc Ricketts

Heidi Cullen

Director of Communication & Strategic Initiatives
James Barry

James Barry

Senior Scientist & Benthic Ecologist

Knute Brekke

Chief ROV Pilot, ROV Doc Ricketts