This is a highlight album of our dive on June 27, 2013. Hercules and Argus were diving on a coral site to image corals and take sediment cores. Some of these sights have not been seen before. We saw interesting animals including a feathery-legged shrimp, 2 squid, a siphonophore, a jelly fish, brittle stars and squat lobsters.
The ECOGIG expedition is part of a larger research program focused on examining the ecosystem-level response to oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. This research group, the ECOGIG Consortium, is made up of scientists from a wide variety of disciplines studying current flow, ocean chemistry, microbial activity, deep-sea coral communities, and everything in between. The group is looking primarily at natural oil and gas seepage into the Gulf, but using these natural processes to learn more about what happened after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.