Expedition Log

12.17.19

Seafloor Ecology Winter Expedition 2019 – Log 3

Wrapping up the cruise and the year: It is the last day of the last research cruise of the R/V Western Flyer for 2019. We have had a busy and exciting four days exploring the depths of Sur Ridge and Davidson Seamount with the ROV Doc Ricketts. We have explored the Octopus Garden, measured the …

Expedition Log

12.16.19

Seafloor Ecology Winter Expedition 2019 – Log 2

Updates from researchers on the R/V Western Flyer: Monday, December 16, 2019 Jim Barry Taking the pulse of the Octopus Garden: We were excited to send the ROV down 3,300 meters (just over two miles!) to the Octopus Garden, a site discovered a couple years ago where thousands of female octopuses nest in warm hydrothermal springs. …

Expedition Log

12.13.19

Seafloor Ecology Winter Expedition 2019 – Log 1

  We dropped lines and headed out into the thick fog at just before 7:00 a.m. on this Friday the 13th. Hopefully the fog isn’t an omen of some sort. The Western Flyer headed for Sur Ridge, a rocky undersea ridge about 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Moss Landing. The swell from a large …

Expedition Log

12.13.19

Seafloor Ecology Winter Expedition 2019

MBARI Expedition #481 Expedition goal: Our cruise off the central California coast has several objectives related to two research themes in deep-sea ecology: 1) study the sponge and coral communities at Sur Ridge, and 2) revisit the “Octopus Garden” at the base of Davidson Seamount to study the fascinating biology of octopuses brooding there in …