Divers Clean Nautilus' Hull Underwater
As part of her Panama Canal transit, E/V Nautilus took a pit stop for a thorough hull cleaning before carrying on to the Galapagos. This step will ensure that no dangerous invasive species are introduced to the islands' delicate ecosystem.
Following our work in the Gulf of Mexico, the E/V Nautilus will transit from Galveston, TX to Panama and then transit through the Panama Canal, a historic crossing that signals the entry of Nautilus to its future work in the East Pacific region. The Panama Canal officially opened on August 15, 1914, one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. The shorter, faster, and safer route to the U.S. West Coast and to nations in and around the Pacific Ocean allowed those places to become more integrated with the world economy.