Observing a Natural Whale Fall
A sunken whale carcass provides a temporary habitat and rich nutrient source for hagfish, corals and bone-eating worms. This surprise sighting of a natural whale fall was a treat for our science team as well.
In late summer, E/V Nautilus will be offshore Los Angeles to explore some of the most tectonically active (as well as densely populated) areas offshore California. The team will investigate the Southern California Margin, a broad area that fits entirely within the US Exclusive Economic Zone but that still remains largely unexplored.