Incredible Marine Diversity of Haaheo Seamount (PMNM)
Flying up a ridge along the Northern side of Haaheo seamount, through the incredibly clear waters of the Central Pacific, the Nautilus Live team witnessed amazing diversity of life. Explore a snapshot of this dive including ROV Hercules investigating corals, bolosoma sponges, crustaceans, and even a sea star enjoying a bamboo coral meal. While investigating the geological history of these seamounts to understand if they are a continuation of the Wentworth Seamount Chain, the team has witnessed a wide plethora of wildlife during our thirteen dives on the unexplored areas of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
Returning to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) after an expedition in 2018, our team will be conducting ROV surveys on a chain of seamounts, and document whether these underwater mountains support vibrant coral and sponge communities like others in the region.