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Benthic Lander Dive June 19, 2013

On June 19, 2013 during our transit from Galveson, Texas to Gulfport, Mississippi, we helped to recover a benthic lander.  This piece of equipment has instruments and collection boxes on it that help scientists to study how microorganisms break down oils from natural seeps of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico.  The lander had been placed in March of 2013.  An earlier retrieval of it had failed, and the use of Hercules and Argus was a back up plan.  We had to locate the lander and then use the ROVs to manually release the lander to the surface were the ship collected it.