During work in the Gulf of Mexico studying natural gas and oil seeps, the science teams from Texas A&M University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Rochester on the E/V Nautilus had the opportunity to conduct a visual survey of the Deepwater Horizon site, including the well head and the superstructure of the oil platform. The team was in the area conducting sampling of natural methane plumes
The science team conducted a visual survey of the seafloor around the oil platform structure and took samples using the ROV Hercules to examine impact on the surrounding area. Funding for this survey and sample collection was provided by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. All of the visual and mapping data collected will be made available to the public for use by scientists in future work about the area.