The DEEPEND Consortium had an interactive outreach booth at the Blazing Mako Fishing Tournament’s Conch-servation Village. The booth was staffed by DEEPEND graduate students and scientists who shared their knowledge about the deep-pelagic Gulf of Mexico with the fishermen and general public attending the event. The booth included several games for participants to play where they learned about light attenuation in the ocean, bioluminescence, and about animal adaptations to the deep sea environment. Participants won prizes for playing including stickers, postcards, t-shirts, and glow in the dark anglerfish tattoos! Keep your eye out for our next event – it could be somewhere near you!

Dates – Jun 18-19

Location- Islander Resort, A Guy Harvey Outpost, Islamorada, FL


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25 Deep-Sea Creatures That Will Creep You Out - These predators from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico range from the astonishing to the macabre.


This deep-sea gallery contains images that some might find disturbing. The creatures in it may look like visions stolen from nightmares of the demented, but to be sure, all exist on planet earth. Animals from the eerie to the ethereal in appearance live in a cool, dark world as alien to us as the surface of Venus. Yet it is filled with life, and finding out and cataloging “what’s down there” in the black depths of the Gulf of Mexico is one of the missions of the consortium known as Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND).

Read the entire Sport Fishing Magazine article here.


On April 29, 2016 ADDOMEx hosted a screening of “Journey to Planet Earth: Dispatches from the Gulf” on the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus. This documentary investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico six years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in April 2010. The documentary was followed by a panel discussion with researchers who are studying impacts of the oil spill. There were three panelists (from left to right, Dr. Ron Eytan (DEEPEND), Chris Hale (Sea Grant), and Dr. Peter Santschi (ADDOMEx)), approximately 50 attendees, and lots of fantastic questions and comments. All three organization set up booths in the lobby outside the screening room so that guests could learn more details about each group before and after the event.



On June 8th, 2016 two DEEPEND members from Texas A&M University at Galveston attended the first annual World Oceans Day Festival and Art Contest in Galveston, Texas in collaboration with ADDOMEx (another GoMRI consortium). World Oceans Day is the UN-recognized day of celebration and action for the ocean. This year Artist Boat is hosting a community celebration in Galveston at Stewart Beach. The DEEPEND booth showcased DEEPEND's mission as well as exciting fish and invertebrate samples from the Gulf of Mexico!



The Oceanscape Network at the Oregon Coast Aquarium has joined forces with WhaleTimes Inc. for an exploration of the deep sea featuring the DEEPEND consortium.  The 2016 exploration will run from June 6 to 10 on both the Oceanscape and Whaletimes websites. Mark your calendars to this exciting virtual exploration to the deep sea!

Read more about this program here


We know about many bizarre visual characteristics of animals living in the dim light of the deep sea. One of the strangest such adaptations is the scanning eye of an atlantid heteropod mollusc. Heteropods are snails that spend their entire lives swimming in the open ocean. [Heteropods are sometimes called Sea Elephants, and are also known as pterotracheoids.]

The Smithsonian posted an article about deep-sea research, using eye-popping photography to make the unreal real.  

The article features the work of scientists with the consortium Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico, or DEEPEND. These researchers are working to improve our understanding of deep-water life and processes since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in habitats near the vicinity where the spill occurred.

Read more here...

The DEEPEND Crew will be setting sail this Friday, April 30th for their third midwater trawling research cruise, DP03. They will spend 15 days at sea collecting environmental and biological data in the northern Gulf of Mexico surrounding the Deepwater Horizon site. On board will be 15 scientists whose expertise includes areas such as taxonomy, sound scattering, genetics, oceanography, and light. The teacher-at-sea for this cruise will be Christia Hewlett who teaches marine biology at Sheridan Hills Christian School. There will be one additional guest on this cruise who has never been to sea before – Flat Stanley! You may remember seeing him before as a child or maybe have received him in the mail from friends or family. He will be blogging about his experiences at sea and sharing photos here. In addition to our scientific mission, we will be filming activities onboard for two upcoming documentaries and for public and educational outreach.