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Deepesh Tourani Thesis Defense...

02 November 2019

Deepesh Tourani As part of the DEEPEND Consortium, our laboratory has been characterizing the micro...

Dr. Isabel Romero Awarded 2019...

03 September 2019

DEEPEND researcher Dr. Isabel Romero awarded 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowships by National Acad...

Grad Student Pruzinsky Uses Mo...

07 August 2019

The DEEPEND Consortium's Research Associate Nina Pruzinsky, M.S. was recently named a GOMRI scholar...

DEEPEND participates in a hist...

05 July 2019

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DEEPEND Photo Featured on Cove...

31 May 2019

The DEEPEND Consortium just had an image from their field work make the cover of one of the most si...

DEEPEND Display at the USFSP N...

23 April 2019

On April 18th, an art exhibit was opened at the Nelson Poynter Library on the USFSP campus to highli...

Come see DEEPEND this weekend...

11 April 2019

DEEPEND will be joining several other non-profit organizations focused on ocean conservation to edu...

DEEPEND members attended and p...

21 February 2019

DEEPEND members attended and presented their research at the seventh Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill &...

DEEPEND makes a splash at the...

12 February 2019

Members of the DEEPEND Consortium presented their research at the 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium he...

DEEPEND and C-Image collaborat...

01 December 2018

DEEPEND and C-Image researchers (T. Sutton, S. Murawski, H. Judkins, I. Romero and others) met in D...

Oceanic Ecology Lab Featured o...

28 August 2018

On August 3rd, 2018 Dr. Tracey Sutton's Oceanic Ecology lab at Nova Southeastern University was fea...

Life Aboard a Research Ship

07 August 2018

One of the DEEPEND team members, Dante Fenolio, our resident photographer, conducted a series of sho...

Grad Student Richards Uses Fis...

12 July 2018

The deep-pelagic habitat (200 m depth to just above the seabed) is the largest habitat in the Gulf...

First DEEPEND Synthesis Worksh...

16 May 2018

The DEEPEND Consortium held it's first Synthesis Workshop at NSU's Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center i...

DEEPEND scientist narrates a d...

29 April 2018

Saturday, April 28th, DEEPEND team member, Heather Judkins, narrated the midwater transect portion...

DEEPEND Conference Presentatio...

23 March 2018

Nova Southeastern University kicked off the conference program for the year by hosting a two-day Gra...

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music...

02 March 2018

From April 6-8, 2018, DEEPEND members will be attending Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Musical Festival a...

The DEEPEND timeline, illustra...

10 January 2018

The DEEPEND timeline was conceived by world-class photographer Danté Fenolio as a platform through w...

DEEPEND Co-PI coordinated the...

28 December 2017

Heather Judkins was thrilled to coordinate the triennial CIAC Conference in St. Petersburg, FL in No...

Master's Monday Blog Series

06 November 2017

DEEPEND Starts the Master’s Monday Blog Series We are beginning a blog series which will feature DEE...

DEEPEND display booth at their...

02 November 2017

Texas A&M University has created a DEEPEND display booth at their Sea Life Facility. This booth...

DEEPEND featured all week long...

02 November 2017

CREEP INTO THE DEEPEND, YEAR 3: The deep is by far the largest affected habitat from the 2010 Deepwa...

Happy Hagfish Day 10-18-17!

18 October 2017

Read more about Hagfish Day here... DEEPEND Consortium Director, Tracey Sutton, shares his expertis...

American Heritage School Scien...

04 August 2017

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has funded several research efforts related to the De...

Dr. Tracey Sutton interview at...

04 August 2017

Dr. Tracey Sutton discusses the goals of the DEEPEND consortium at the 2017 GOMOSES conference in N...

DEEPEND at the 2017 Joint Meet...

25 July 2017

This month, a number of DEEPEND researchers travelled to Austin to take part in the 2017 Joint Meet...

DEEPEND at Artist Boat World O...

18 June 2017

On June 8th, 2017 DEEPEND members from Texas A&M University at Galveston attended the second ann...

Cruise DP05 sets sail April 29...

26 April 2017

Cruise DP05 on board the R/V Point Sur sets sail on April 29th. On April 26th, a glider was deployed...

Tortuga Music Festival a Succe...

10 April 2017

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support us at Rock the Ocean’s Conservation Village...

DEEPEND at the Tortuga Music F...

04 April 2017

The DEEPEND Consortium is joining Rock The Ocean’s Conservation Village at the Tortuga Music Festiv...

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DEEPEND: NRL-HYCOM Gulf of Mexico Real Time Results

 

Dr. Edie Widder did it again! With her colleague, Dr. Nathan Robinson, Edie used her MEDUSA camera platform to capture video of a live giant squid deep in the Gulf of Mexico during a recent NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research-supported cruise. This is the first recording of a live giant squid in the Gulf of Mexico (Atlantic Ocean, for that matter), and only the second such filming ever. Of course, the first was done by none other than…  Dr. Widder, who also captured the first-ever footage of a live giant squid in the waters off Japan. The research cruise, entitled “Journey into Midnight: Life and Light Below the Twilight Zone,” was led by Dr. Sönke Johnsen of Duke University. Please read Sönke’s story here. Regarding DEEPEND, five of the twelve scientists onboard were DEEPENDers, including Co-PIs Tammy Frank, Heather Judkins, Heather Bracken-Grissom, Danté Fenolio, and DEEPEND Director/PI Tracey Sutton. Dr. Heather Judkins was first to identify the animal in the video as a giant squid, with this diagnosis later confirmed by DEEPEND Co-PI Dr. Michael Vecchione. Adding to the DEEPEND vibe was the fact that the cruise was conducted on the R/V Point Sur (University of Southern Mississippi, operated by LUMCON), on which all of the DEEPEND deep-trawling efforts have been based. Spectacular ship-time services, as always.

The giant squid story has been a global media sensation, featured by the NOAA Office of Exploration and Research; Discovery Channel; NY Times; Washington Post; USA Today; OCEANX; and CNN, among hundreds of others.

In addition to MEDUSA deployments, the Journey into Midnight science team had a number of other exploratory operations, including midwater trawling below 1000 m depth, ROV video transects with specimen collection, and shipboard measurements of the vision, bioluminescence, and reflectivity (color) of animals inhabiting the bathypelagic realm, earth’s largest and least-explored habitat. With respect to trawling, Dr. Sutton collected specimens for 14 ongoing projects, demonstrating the importance of sampling in addition to observation. Without such sampling, taxonomy (the science of knowing what species you are observing) would not be possible! We would instead be left wondering, “Oooh, that thing in the video looked so cool! What was it?” In total, 129 fish, 57 crustacean, and 13 squid species were collected, including many rare species, some of which we suspect are new records or new to science.

Among other scientific achievements of the cruise, Drs. Sutton and Fenolio were able to record the bioluminescence display of the Threadfin Dragonfish (Echiostoma barbatum) – something so fantastic it is hard to believe it is real.  Owing to the skilled collection abilities of the ROV pilots, many specimens made it to the surface in near perfect condition, allowing for a range of high-resolution anatomical studies. With respect to vision in the midnight zone, a primary aim of the crustacean survey was to assess the ability of deep-sea shrimps to visually identify each other (i.e., conspecific recognition). Achieving this aim included measuring eye size to body length ratios across 15 species of shrimp, modeling the distances at which their bioluminescent signals remain detectable, and predicting the appearance of these signals in context of their visual acuity.

So, from all of the DEEPEND team, our deepest congratulations to Edie and Nathan! This was a testament to your hard work and ingenuity!