Coasting Chimera Carries Leftovers
Gliding eerily out of the darkness, shark cousins known as chimeras or ghost sharks often startle the Nautilus team while exploring the deep sea. But this chimera seen at Lōʻihi Seamount provokes different reactions--as it appears to be carrying along leftovers of a meal.
This expedition marks the beginning of the multi-year SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog) Research Program, a partnership between NASA, NOAA, and various academic centers. Bringing together both ocean and space exploration teams aboard E/V Nautilus, SUBSEA blends ocean exploration with ocean worlds research to address knowledge gaps related to the habitability potential of other planets in our Solar System.