We diving on Kimki Ridge, a 200m tall hill rising from the floor of the Catalina Basin. We believe that three cold seeps exist along the crest of the ridge, where methane emanates and creates a unique underwater habitat that is home to an array of bizarre creatures. Within Catalina Basin itself, we expect to see … Continue reading Dive Alert – Kimki Ridge
Today, I am re-posting a blog post that ran last year during my expedition to the Galapagos Islands. In order to help you to appreciate and understand some of the tech that makes our expedition possible, I've written a post about Hercules and its parts.*****In case you have been wondering about some of the technology … Continue reading Ocean Tech: Meet Hercules
Who are your heroes? Are they sports stars? Celebrities? People you know personally, such as a favorite teacher?The author doing a live interaction with Dr. Ballard last year.Mine are scientists. If I could have the infamous dinner party we pretend to host as a part of “Getting to Know You” exercises, and I could only … Continue reading An Evening with Bob Ballard
In case you have been wondering about some of the technology that makes ocean exploration aboard the E/V Nautilus possible, today’s post is about Hercules, one of the ROVs. Hercules parked inside his hangar, where he can be worked on and protected from the elements during transit.Todd designed and built Hercules. He gave me a tour … Continue reading Meet Hercules
Tonight we will perform another dive, with both ROVs (Argus & Hercules). We will be diving near the "East of Eden 3" site, and other targets that we identified as being potential active hydrothermal vents during our reconnaissance dive a few days ago.We will be studying the geological features, looking for interesting biological features (including … Continue reading Dive Alert!
Happy World Oceans Day! Today we celebrate the ocean, and all it does for us. Oceans cover 71% of our planet. They were the birthplace of life. They determine our weather and climate. They feed billions of people. Their chemical composition nearly mirrors that of our blood.Arriving at Baltra, a volcanic cone is visible in … Continue reading World Oceans Day