Our Panama Canal transit on May 28th was not just a historic event, but also a proud moment for all the individuals who make up our Corps of Exploration including our online followers. It was a privilege to experience this event with the entire extended team.
Leaving behind the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea is bittersweet as we have conducted amazing exploration in these regions over the past six years. This canal transit is an important milestone punctuating the end of the first portion of the 2015 exploration season in the Gulf of Mexico. Alternatively, it marks the beginning of exploration in the Pacific, a first for the Nautilus. From Panama, the ship will travel to the Galapagos Rift region for several weeks of exploration including a trip to the site of Dr. Robert Ballard’s groundbreaking discovery of hydrothermal vents and chemosynthetic organisms in the volcanic ridges of the rift.