This is the highlight album of the dive on June 29, 2013. Hercules and Argus dove on corals. Coral samples and coral imaging were done. We saw several interesting creatures such as a comb jelly, fish, crab, siphonophore, and more.
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.