On Deck at the Dry Tortugas
E/V Nautilus’s second cruise of the 2014 Expedition took place off the southwest coast of Florida to study and explore the ecological connections between the deep, unexplored ecosystems of the Dry Tortugas and the shallower waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The primary targets for exploration were selected by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries after analysis of a multibeam sonar survey carried out by the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer earlier this year.
These photos show some of the behind-the-scenes action on Nautilus during this short but exciting leg.
NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries selected two deep-water areas off southwest Florida to better understand the ecological connectivity of deep-water biological habitats and communities to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Tortugas Ecological Reserve, and Pulley Ridge Habitat.