Sula sula spotlight: red-footed boobies join the expedition
Beneath the waves and above, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is home to beautiful biodiversity. Throughout the month and over the 2,000-mile journey, near the islands and atolls and far offshore seabirds have escorted Nautilus. Meet some of the red-footed boobies, Hawaiian name ʻā, scientific nomenclature Sula sula a beloved seabird characterized by its pale blue beak and red feet, who joined the Ala ʻAumoana Kai Uli expedition as photographed by onboard scientist Upasana Ganguly.
Ocean Exploration Trust and partners will conduct a telepresence-enabled expedition to explore unseen deep-sea habitats aboard E/V Nautilus with ROV and seafloor mapping operations in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) focused on the largely unexplored northwestern section of the Monument.