2014 Expedition

Awesome Finned Octopod Sighting

Windward Passage Project

Aug 17, 2014 to Aug 28, 2014

The Windward Passage, located between Cuba and Haiti, is a major conduit between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It is a site of complex currents, mixing and exchange of water that have been little explored despite the historical importance of this region as a major shipping route. This region also represents a very active portion of the northern Caribbean plate boundary, where several geologic (seismic and tectonic) features and processes occur along the seafloor beneath the Windward Passage. These structures and processes come together to make Haiti a very high risk for catastrophic events like the 2010 earthquake that took a tremendous human toll. For these reasons, it is crucial to explore the seafloor in this tectonically active and recently reconfigured region. We will also conduct at least one dive within the territorial waters of Navassa Island - a U.S. holding that has never been explored - to document new deep coral communities, drowned reefs, and make unknown underwater discoveries.

Meet the Team

Photo of Steve Auscavitch
Science/Data, Data Manager
Photo of Michael Bewley
Navigator
Photo of Ruth Blake
Lead Scientist
Photo of Nathaniel Byrd
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Cameron Coleman
Ambassador
Photo of Dwight Coleman
Expedition Leader
Photo of Marie-Helene (Milene) Cormier
Science/Data Team
Photo of Gustavo Crespo
Navigator
Photo of Alexandra Dawson
Seafloor Mapping Intern
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Clancy Emanuel
ROV Engineering Intern
Photo of Stephen Estrin
Argus Pilot
Photo of Summer Farrell
Argus Pilot
Photo of Danielle Ferraro
Ocean Science/Mapping Intern
Photo of Mike Filimon
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Allison Fundis
Expedition Leader
Photo of Sam Garson
HRP Chaperone
Photo of Kelly Guerrier
Science/Data
Photo of Clinton Lawson
Navigator
Photo of Christopher LeBoa
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Dave LePage
Video Engineer
Photo of Justin Lowe
Data Engineer
Photo of Patrick Madaus
ROV Engineering Intern
Photo of Reuben Mills
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Artur Morozov
3rd Engineer
Photo of Kyle Neumann
Video Engineer
Photo of Julye Newlin
Documentarian
Photo of Dawn Parry
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Karen Romano Young
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Nixon Saintilus
Science/Data
Photo of Anja Schempf
Ambassador
Photo of Buzz Scott
Hercules Pilot
Photo of William Snyder
Science/Data
Photo of Jamie Wagner
Science/Data Team
Photo of Shannon Weiss
Program Evaluator
Photo of Kerry Whalen
Video Engineer

Highlights

Video: Otherworldly Jelly
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Otherworldly Jelly
August 19, 2014
Video: Unusual and Large Dumbo Octopus Sighting
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Unusual and Large Dumbo Octopus Sighting
August 19, 2014
Album: Strange Creatures of the Windward Passage
 
Strange Creatures of the Windward Passage
8 photos
August 20, 2014
Video: Cute Bobtail Squid
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Cute Bobtail Squid
August 21, 2014
Video: Underwater Community Forms Around Lone Coral
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Underwater Community Forms Around Lone Coral
August 23, 2014
Album: Fascinating Biology Off the Haitian Coast
 
Fascinating Biology Off the Haitian Coast
10 photos
August 25, 2014
Video: Beautiful Sea Sponges of the Windward Passage
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Beautiful Sea Sponges of the Windward Passage
August 25, 2014
Video: Sea Cucumbers of the Deep
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Sea Cucumbers of the Deep
August 27, 2014
Video: Mysterious Anemone
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Mysterious Anemone
August 27, 2014
Album: Daily Life Sailing In The Windward Passage
 
Daily Life Sailing In The Windward Passage
12 photos
August 28, 2014
Video: Sea Pig Sighting
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Sea Pig Sighting
August 30, 2014
Video: Giant Purple Isopod
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Giant Purple Isopod
September 1, 2014
Video: Lights Off: Glowing Siphonophore
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Lights Off: Glowing Siphonophore
September 3, 2014