Fish Goes Crazy in Brine Pool
On our recent brine pool expedition in the Gulf of Mexico, our team captured this unusual encounter when a fish continually submerged itself into a brine pool. Unclear if it was feeding, or ill, brine pool water is too salty for any organisms other than bacteria to survive.
This cruise continues our exploration throughout the Gulf of Mexico region, investigating biologic, geologic, and archaeological sites. We will explore and characterize a variety of seafloor habitats across upper slope, mid-slope and lower slope depths, including hard substrate coral habitats, hydrocarbon seeps, brine pools and, time permitting, mud volcanoes. The overarching goal of this cruise is the exploration of biological communities and associated geochemical and isotopic records of carbon cycling.