Life Among the Coral
It's always a special treat for the Corps of Exploration to view the various creatures that are curious about the ROV Hercules. This short glimpse of a few of the creature we saw certainly validates the principle of "expect the unexpected".
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This cruise is part of a larger research program focused on examining the ecosystem-level response to oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. The research group leading the cruise is called the Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs into the Gulf of Mexico (ECOGIG) Consortium, which is made up of scientists from a wide variety of disciplines studying current flow, ocean chemistry, microbial activity, deep-sea coral communities, and everything in between.