This dive album includes the highlights of the July 3, 2013 dives. Hercules and Argus dove on two areas in order to collect some coral samples, water samples, and sediment samples. Some imaging was also done. One of the areas that we looked at is called Roberts Reef. The diversity of corals, anemones, and other organisms was amazing.
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.