Ever wondered what lives in the depths of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Now you can find it in real time.
A team of explorers is in the midst of a 10-day expedition into a deep water area off Big Sur near the Davidson Seamount – and it's being streamed live online.
The Ocean Exploration Trust – founded by Titantic Explorer Robert Ballard in 2008 – explores the eastern Pacific for four years, according to the Nautilus live web site.
In collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Trust team is piloting robot-like methods on remote-controlled vehicles from the Nautilus research vessel equipped with cameras, probes and sampling systems.
The team began exploration of the Monterey Bay Marine Reserve on 21 October and will be completed on 31 October. Your next stop will be the Channel Islands off the coast of the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
The camera was out of service for a few days when the team had to return to San Diego to repair the cable attached to the remote-controlled vehicles, the marine's research director Andrew DeVogelaere crashed "The Sanctuary" during a particularly deep dive. said the Tribune in a telephone interview.
But on Sunday afternoon, the team was heading back to the Davidson Seamount, with cameras broadcasting a live broadcast of the ship under sunny skies along the coast.
So far, the expedition has allowed scientists to reach depths of bay that no one has ever seen – up to 12,000 feet, DeVogelaere said.
"We know more about the surface of the moon than about the seabed," he said.
The team – and all those who look online – have seen old corals and sponges, guinea pigs and deep sea squid, DeVogelaere said.
During a particularly special moment, the cameras captured more than 1000 deep-sea octopuses, including females guarding their eggs.
DeVogelaere said the livestream allows the public to see the findings, along with scientists looking around the world. It allows them to be part of the expedition without being physically on a boat off the coast of California.
"We are very excited that it works within the Central Coast," he said.
To watch the Nautilus live exploration and to ask explorers questions in real time, visit nautiluslive.org.