2017 Expedition

Expedition in 60 Seconds: Channel Islands | Nautilus Live

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Jul 7, 2017 to Jul 29, 2017

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) is one of the agencies tasked with the protection of deep-water habitats, commercially important species, and deep sea coral ecosystems around the islands, yet lacks a detailed understanding of the distribution, abundance, and condition of the resources within the Sanctuary. Less than 50% of the seafloor within the CINMS boundaries has been mapped by high-resolution sonar, and the 2016 Nautilus expedition to the same region worked to cut this knowledge gap nearly in half.

The 2017 expedition will continue this exploration by using a high resolution mapping system to collect sonar bathymetry and sub-bottom profiling data to characterize the seafloor in these unmapped areas. Following mapping operations, Nautilus will utilize ROVs to undertake visual surveys, collect high-definition video imagery, collect biological and geological samples, and ground truth the newly-collected multibeam data.

This cruise will also be part of a larger initiative to understand sea level history and locate, map, and document submerged paleo-shorelines in the Channel Islands region. This region has a complex geologic history following its initial volcanic formation, later being shaped by uplift, sinking, and fluctuating sea levels, and resulting in a submerged shoreline of boulders, spires, caves, and arches.

Developing maps of the seafloor and characterizing biological habitat and geological character of the seafloor using ROVs provides detailed information that will help guide CINMS resource protection issues including incident response and restoration, protected resource and fisheries management, navigational safety, and conservation.

 

Meet the Team

Photo of Emily Ballard
Video Engineer
Photo of Everett Collins
ROV Engineering Intern
Photo of Bryce Corbett
Ocean Science Intern
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Gregg Diffendale
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Gene Douglas
Science/Data
Photo of Jason Fahy
Navigator
Photo of Amy Fleischer
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Laura Francis
Science/Data Team
Photo of Amanda Fromm
Science/Data
Photo of William Galvin
Science/Data
Photo of Ethan Gold
Data Engineer
Photo of Erin Heffron
Science/Data Team, Mapping
Photo of Megan Lubetkin
Science / Data Team
Photo of Ed McNichol
Video Engineer
Photo of Chris Mobley
Science/Data Team
Photo of Luis Mora
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Richard Murray
Science/Data
Photo of Onyeweenu Ogene
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Emil Petruncio
Expedition Leader, Navigator, Science/Data Team
Photo of Nicole Raineault
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jessica Sandoval
Argus Pilot
Photo of Sarah Seabrook
Science/Data Team
Photo of Will Sellers
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Wendy Snyder
Argus Pilot
Photo of Paul Thompson
Video Engineer
Photo of Robert Waters
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Samantha  Wishnak
Communications

Highlights

Video: Expedition in 60 Seconds: Channel Islands
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Expedition in 60 Seconds: Channel Islands
July 7, 2017
Video: Slow-Cruising Bluntnose Sixgill Shark
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Slow-Cruising Bluntnose Sixgill Shark
July 10, 2017
Video: Sleek Sixgill Shark Spotted...Again!
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Sleek Sixgill Shark Spotted...Again!
July 12, 2017
Album: Searching for Ancient Submerged Shorelines
 
Searching for Ancient Submerged Shorelines
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July 13, 2017
Video: Prowling Octopus Camouflages Quickly
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Prowling Octopus Camouflages Quickly
July 17, 2017
Video: Sea Lions Swirl Through Squid Squad
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Sea Lions Swirl Through Squid Squad
July 18, 2017
Video: Whale Fall in Santa Cruz Basin
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Whale Fall in Santa Cruz Basin
July 22, 2017
Video: Shiver of Prickly Sharks
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Shiver of Prickly Sharks
July 24, 2017
Video: Pulsing Poralia Jelly
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Pulsing Poralia Jelly
July 26, 2017
Video: Bait Ball Engulfs Shark With Sea Lion in Pursuit
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Bait Ball Engulfs Shark With Sea Lion in Pursuit
July 28, 2017