2017 Expedition

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Quinault Canyon & Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Aug 18, 2017 to Sep 3, 2017

Returning to the Pacific Northwest, Nautilus will launch an expedition with dual objectives in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, covering 3,189 mi2 of coastal and offshore waters along one of the least developed coastlines of the continental US. Though mapping efforts have helped to characterize seafloor substrates in some portions of the sanctuary, only very small portions of the sanctuary have been visited or photographed. Quinault and Quileute Canyons have never been explored by ROV or AUV, but are areas of high interest to expedition scientists from NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary as well as to the Quinault Indian Nation and Quileute Tribe, two of the four native American tribes that have protected treaty rights to marine resources in this region.

Overall, the objectives are to explore and characterize seafloor resources and features of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary that are associated with three prominent submarine canyons: Quinault Canyon, Quileute Canyon, and Juan de Fuca Canyon. Resources to be explored through AUV and ROV deployment include biogenic, habitat-forming (deep sea coral and sponge) benthic communities and associated species, and possibly methane seeps, hundreds of which were found along the Washington and Oregon shelf break during the 2016 Nautilus expedition. This expedition may also visit and document the wreck of submarine USS Bugara, a maritime heritage site, and conduct multibeam mapping of various priority areas that were identified through a collaborative spatial prioritization process involving more than 15 partner agencies.

The Olympic Coast is also notable as the northern reach of the California Current ecosystem, where deep oceanic water is seasonally upwelled onto the shelf, bringing nutrient-rich, waters nearshore.  This process supports the region’s highly productive ecosystem, but due to ocean acidification, is increasingly delivering corrosive low-pH, and often hypoxic, waters onto the shelf that produce detrimental effects to organisms, including ecologically, culturally, and commercially important species. This expedition will be conducted near the end of the upwelling season and will involve collection of biological and deep water samples with the ROV, push cores of the seafloor as a historical record of OA exposure, and plankton samples from shelf break locations near the canyon rims. As an ocean acidification (OA) sentinel site, the Olympic Coast region is focused on understanding the physical, chemical and biological impacts from OA as well as piloting management approaches for monitoring and addressing OA impacts.

Meet the Team

Photo of Jeff Anderson
AUV Engineer
Photo of Steve Auscavitch
Science/Data, Data Manager
Photo of Megan Chen
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Josh Chernov
ROV Operations Manager
Photo of Elizabeth Clarke
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jack Clawson
Video Engineer
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of David Downing
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Linda Fergusson-Kolmes
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Mike Filimon
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Erica Fruh
Science/Data Team
Photo of William Glatt
Argus Pilot
Photo of Ethan Gold
Data Engineer
Photo of Kevin Grant
Science/Data
Photo of Valerie Grussing
Science/Data Team
Photo of Gabrielle Inglis
Argus Pilot
Photo of Julie Ann Koehlinger
Science/Data Team
Photo of Nathaniel Krafve
Video Engineering Intern
Photo of Ashley Marranzino
Science/Data Team
Photo of Reuben Mills
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Victor Naklicki
ROV Intern
Photo of Chris Roman
Science/Data Team
Photo of Allan Santos
Video Engineer
Photo of Miles Saunders
Navigator
Photo of Jeremy Taylor
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jenny Waddell
Science/Data Team
Photo of Rebecca Wipfler
Ocean Science Intern
Photo of Samantha  Wishnak
Communications

Highlights

Video: Expedition in 60 Seconds: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
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Expedition in 60 Seconds: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
August 18, 2017
Video: Whorls of Oregon Triton Snail Eggs
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Whorls of Oregon Triton Snail Eggs
August 24, 2017
Album: Conducting the First Archaeological Survey of USS Bugara
 
Conducting the First Archaeological Survey of USS Bugara
13 photos
August 24, 2017
Video: First Approach on World War II Submarine USS Bugara
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First Approach on World War II Submarine USS Bugara
August 25, 2017
Album: Deep Sea Corals of Quinault Canyon
 
Deep Sea Corals of Quinault Canyon
9 photos
August 26, 2017
Video: Translucent Cockatoo Squid Flutters By
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Translucent Cockatoo Squid Flutters By
August 27, 2017
Album: Rediscovering History: Submarine USS Bugara
 
Rediscovering History: Submarine USS Bugara
9 photos
August 28, 2017
Video: Exploring USS Bugara With Eyewitnesses to History
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Exploring USS Bugara With Eyewitnesses to History
September 1, 2017
Video: Spectacular Siphonophore Strands
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Spectacular Siphonophore Strands
September 2, 2017
Album: Sponges: Beyond the Kitchen Sink
 
Sponges: Beyond the Kitchen Sink
11 photos
September 11, 2017