2018 Expedition

Expedition Overview: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary | Nautilus Live

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Oct 21, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018

The main objective of this expedition is to characterize an unexplored, deep-water region of basaltic rocky reef that resides southeast of Davidson Seamount, within the borders of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) to characterize habitat, species, and communities. Although extensive previous ROV dives have occured on the seamount proper, there is deep rocky habitat southeast of the seamount that could harbor additional communities of corals and sponges. This area was previously mapped in better details by EV Nautilus, revealing ridge-like features and several domes comprised of volcanic rock.

Davidson Seamount is an inactive volcanic undersea mountain habitat off the coast of central California, and is considered to be an area of special national significance. One of the largest known seamounts in U.S. waters, the seamount has been called "an oasis in the deep" in an otherwise flat seafloor, hosting large coral forests, vast sponge fields, crabs, deep-sea fishes, shrimp, basket stars, and high numbers of rare and unidentified benthic species. Recent research suggests that this pristine area may be necessary for maintaining healthy coastal populations in the MBNMS, and it is important to characterize the range of these populations on adjacent hard substrate habitat.

Meet the Team

Photo of Melissa Baffa
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Jennifer Brown
Science/Data Team
Photo of Paul Chetirkin
Videographer
Photo of Dwight Coleman
Expedition Leader
Photo of Bryce Corbett
Science/Data Team
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Taylor Ely
Ocean Science Intern
Photo of Summer Farrell
Argus Pilot
Photo of Mike Filimon
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Lindsay Gee
Science/Data Team
Photo of Ethan Gold
Data Engineer
Photo of Joe Grabowski
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Dane Hardin
Science/Data Team
Photo of Addie Haughey
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Derek Hay
Video Engineer
Photo of Erin Heffron
Science/Data Team, Mapping
Photo of Amanda Kahn
Science/Data Team
Photo of Renato Kane
Navigator
Photo of Chad King
Science/Data Team
Photo of Stephen Matter
Video Engineering Intern
Photo of Ed McNichol
Video Engineer
Photo of Kelly Moran
Communications Lead
Photo of Lauren Parker
Science/Data Team
Photo of Kylie Pasternak
ROV Engineering Intern
Photo of Jessica Sandoval
Argus Pilot
Photo of Miles Saunders
Navigator
Photo of Trevor Shepherd
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Carolyn Skinder
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jamie Wagner
Science/Data Team
Photo of Robert Waters
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Samantha  Wishnak
Communications
Photo of Amity Wood
Science/Data Team

Highlights

Video: Expedition Overview: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Expedition Overview: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
October 21, 2018
Video: Ghostly Grimpoteuthis Octopus Glides By ROV Hercules
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Ghostly Grimpoteuthis Octopus Glides By ROV Hercules
October 23, 2018
Video: Massive Aggregations of Octopus Brooding Near Shimmering Seeps
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Massive Aggregations of Octopus Brooding Near Shimmering Seeps
October 24, 2018
Album: Octopalooza at Davidson Seamount
 
Octopalooza at Davidson Seamount
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October 28, 2018
Video: Fangtooth Flashes a Ferocious Mouthful
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Fangtooth Flashes a Ferocious Mouthful
October 31, 2018
Album: Marine Debris at Davidson Seamount
 
Marine Debris at Davidson Seamount
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October 31, 2018