This album shows the highlights from the June 30, 2013 dive. Hercules and Argus explored this site at approximately 1800 meters in order to image corals and take sediment cores. During the dive, we saw some other interesting creatures, most notably, an octopus.
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.