Massive Mussel Bed Discovery
While exploring mud volcanoes near Trinidad and Tobago we came across a bubble plume surrounded by unbelievably huge fields of mussels. All of these mussels work with chemosynthetic bacteria to produce energy from the gasses released by the seeps.
This cruise to the southern Lesser Antilles volcanic arc is part of the INSPIRE project, funded by NSF with the purpose of studying and improving telepresence for ocean exploration. Scientists will implement several student-designed exploration projects led from shore. Kick’em Jenny is the most active submarine volcano in the Caribbean Sea, and during the past century it has shown a history of progressive growth with explosive eruptions. Hazards include explosive eruptions that can breach the sea surface and the potential for tsunami generation.