This is the highlight dive album for the July 2, 2013 dive in the Gulf of Mexico. The cliff that we dove on is called the Florida Escarpment. The scientists collected corals and explored the diversity of corals on this site. We also saw interesting organisms such as squid, octopus, crustaceans, sea cucumbers and fish.
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.