Harbor porpoises and seal bombs

Using recordings from MBARI’s deep-sea hydrophone, researchers concluded that the sounds of seal-bombs could affect the behavior of harbor porpoises in and around Monterey Bay.



Ocean research in a time of COVID-19

July 30, 2020 – MBARI's Summer 2020 CANON experiment shows how robots can collect samples and data at sea even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expedition Log


Seafloor Ecology Spring 2020 – Log 6

On today’s final dive of our expedition series, MBARI’s Benthic Ecology Group, working with Janet Voight (Field Museum Investigative Research Center) and Julia Sigwart (Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, University of California, Davis) are revisiting this work. Late Friday evening, the ROV Doc Ricketts’ large drawer was neatly loaded with forty-one, 1’ x 4” x …

Expedition Log


Seafloor Ecology Spring 2020 – Log 5

Gregory Bongey Should you ever find yourself as a marine science student in your fifth year of a master’s program, your first, second, and third priorities are to defend your thesis as soon as possible. Unless of course, you receive an unexpected opportunity to join MBARI on a deep-sea research cruise. In that case, practicality …

Expedition Log


Seafloor Ecology Spring 2020 – Log 4

Andrew DeVogelaere Today we split the science team to run ROV operations while preparing to relaunch our large, physical oceanography mooring. That allowed us to have an extra exploration dive at Davidson Seamount today. There is always a special excitement about exploration dives because we get to view areas that no human eyes have ever …

Expedition Log


Seafloor Ecology Spring 2020 – Log 3

After two days working at Davidson Seamount it was time to return to Sur Ridge to find the Deep Coral Cam we dropped off on the first day of the cruise and move it to the spot where it will spend the next nine months. Before heading to Sur Ridge, we steamed back to Monterey …