For 28 days, E/V Nautilus will provide support to Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) NEPTUNE observatory located off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, within the traditional and modern territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish peoples. This deep-sea network reaches 250 kilometers off-shore and consists of an 800-kilometer loop of fiber optic cable connected to instruments that enable scientists to study continuous long-term observations not afforded by traditional ship-based ocean exploration.
During our expedition with the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada, the exploration of the deep sea around their offshore, seafloor Neptune Observatory proved to be a treasure trove of biodiversity. The Neptune Observatory is an 800-kilometer loop of fiber optic cable with five nodes off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Each node is situated at a different geologic location that allows for a look at different animals and biological processes. Not only did we collect various deep-sea larva, but we also found breathtaking creatures at all stages of our dives. From the ethereal siphonophores to the cute octopi, life in the deep sea abounds. Contributed to by Science Communication Fellows Maynard Okereke, Lori Hetschel, and Katie Doyle.
E/V Nautilus Expedition