2016 Expedition

Expedition Overview: Greater Farallones in 60 Seconds

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Aug 29, 2016 to Sep 12, 2016

Nautilus will return northward along the California coastline for a cruise to study the cultural heritage and natural wildlife in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS). Recently expanded to protect 3,295 square miles, GFNMS contains over 400 shipwrecks and is largely unexplored in the deepest portions. Nautilus will survey the USS Independence, a World War II-era naval ship and former aircraft carrier, once used in the atomic tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. Independence was scuttled offshore of San Francisco in 1951, rediscovered as the deepest shipwreck in GFNMS, and acoustically mapped by NOAA in 2015 using autonomous underwater vehicles. Nautilus will conduct the first visual survey of Independence since her sinking as well as image the ship for photomosaic and microbathymetry data. Two other shipwrecks, the Ituna, which was a historic steam yacht from 1886, and the freighter Dorothy Windermote will also be explored. In addition to documenting and mapping these wrecks, the shipwrecks’ roles as artificial marine habitat for fish and invertebrates will be assessed.   

While in GFNMS, an additional goal of the cruise will be to characterize habitat of deep-sea coral and sponges. These zones will be prioritized for future research as they serve as sentinel sites for ocean acidification monitoring and identification of impacts within an upwelling region. The expedition will collect biological samples of deep-sea corals and sponges and associated species for species identification and growth rate studies. This expedition will contribute to the baseline understanding of fish, deep-sea coral and rocky substrate communities within GFNMS.

Meet the Team

Photo of Jeff  Ballard
Guest
Photo of Mike Brennan
Expedition Leader
Photo of Maria Brown
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jordan Caress
ROV Engineering Intern
Photo of Josh Chernov
ROV Operations Manager
Photo of Megan Cook
Communications
Photo of James "Jim" Delgado
Science/Data Team
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Thomas Drake
Guest
Photo of Glenn Duval
Guest
Photo of Kelley Elliott
Science/Data Team
Photo of Tara Elliott
Guest
Photo of Christopher  Figueroa
Science/Data Team
Photo of Beth Fowler
Video Engineer
Photo of Allison Fundis
Expedition Leader
Photo of Amber Giacone
Video Engineer
Photo of James Goold
Guest
Photo of Arthur House
Guest
Photo of Robert Knott
Video Engineer
Photo of Michael Koski
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Kristopher Krasnosky
Navigator, High Resolution Mapper
Photo of Justin Lowe
Data Engineer
Photo of Ashley Marranzino
Science/Data Team
Photo of Russell Matthews
Science/Data Team
Photo of Reuben Mills
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Julye Newlin
Documentarian
Photo of Paul Orbe
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Jan Roletto
Science/Data Team
Photo of Chris Roman
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jessica Sandoval
Argus Pilot
Photo of Will Sellers
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Robert Ule
Guest
Photo of Ian Vaughn
Navigator / Mapping Specialist
Photo of Jamie Wagner
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jeremy Weirich
Science/Data Team
Photo of Samantha  Wishnak
Communications

Highlights

Video: Expedition Overview: Greater Farallones in 60 Seconds
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Expedition Overview: Greater Farallones in 60 Seconds
August 19, 2016
Video: Wreck of SS Dorothy Wintermote
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Wreck of SS Dorothy Wintermote
August 20, 2016
Album: Rediscovering the Wreck of USS Independence
 
Rediscovering the Wreck of USS Independence
12 photos
August 21, 2016
Video: Rediscovery of USS Independence: Highlights
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Rediscovery of USS Independence: Highlights
August 24, 2016
Video: Coral and Creatures of Arena Canyon
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Coral and Creatures of Arena Canyon
August 24, 2016
Video: USS Independence: A Reminder of the Past
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USS Independence: A Reminder of the Past
August 25, 2016
Video: Fly Along the Forward Flightdeck of USS Independence
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Fly Along the Forward Flightdeck of USS Independence
August 26, 2016
Video: Inspecting Steamship Ituna
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Inspecting Steamship Ituna
September 4, 2016
Video: Blob Sculpin Sightings
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Blob Sculpin Sightings
September 4, 2016