Exploring the ocean takes many sophisticated, highly engineered, and expensive tools. For some tasks, however, simple, commonly available items will get the job done. During the Ocean Networks Canada Wiring the Abyss expedition effective engineering solutions of both types were on display. This album features a few common items the Corps of Exploration puts to work to help accomplish our exploration dive objectives. Other unsung day-to-day items used frequently onboard (not pictured) include elastic bands, duct tape, electrical tape, and bungee cords.
This expedition marks the fourth season of E/V Nautilus exploring Canadian waters in partnership with Ocean Networks Canada. The main objective of this expedition is to provide maintenance and support of Ocean Networks Canada’s NEPTUNE observatory located off the west coast of Canada. This 800 km loop of fiber optic cable supplies continuous power and Internet connectivity to a broad suite of subsea instruments, enabling scientists to operate instruments remotely and receive data at their home laboratories anywhere on the globe in real time.