Tiny Translucent Creatures in Mussel Bed & Aboard ROV Hercules
Scientists provide commentary explaining the mineral coloration of the ocean floor while tiny translucent ophiuroids amble past mussels of vibrant yellow, and diminutive amphipods climb aboard ROV Hercules.
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.