Research Cruises

Creep into the Deep

Creep Into The Deep is a WhaleTimes Inc. virtual exploration designed to help young adults and teachers discover vision and bioluminescence on the floor of the deep sea. Join our amazing team of marine scientists as they study animals living on the Northern West Florida escarpment in the DeSoto Canyon, in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Creep into the DEEPEND

The Oceanscape Network is delighted to join our friends at WhaleTimes Inc. for this exploration of the deep sea. The deep is by far the largest affected habitat from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Led by Dr. Tracey Sutton of the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, the DEEPEND consortium includes scientists from a variety of universities and agencies who are investigating the long-term impacts of this environmental disaster on the deep-sea. 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!

Operation Deep Scope

Operation Deep Scope was dedicated to seeing with “new eyes." This cruise, aboard the R/V Seward Johnson II, featured the use of new and one-of-a-kind equipment. The innovative and advanced camera systems, for example, made it easier to see animals under extremely dim light, without disturbing them. We also deployed newly designed light-tight traps in hopes of bringing some deep-sea animals -- perhaps ones we've never before seen -- to the surface, alive and with their remarkable eyes intact.

Operation Deep Scope II

Operation Deep-Scope 2005 brings together the same international team of scientists, utilizing even more methods of seeing and collecting. Using advanced technology, we will continue to study these hidden depths, deploying the unobstrusive Eye in the Sea camera for 24 hours, using a variety of cameras and filters during dives with the Johnson-Sea-Link submersible to study polarization and fluorescence in the deep-sea environment, and utilizing new collection techniques to collect live deep-sea species for study in shipboard labs.

Bioluminescence 2009

Led by Chief Scientist Tamara Frank (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution/Florida Atlantic University), Sönke Johnsen (Duke University), Edith Widder (Ocean Research and Conservation Association), Charles Messing (Nova Southeastern University), Steve Haddock (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute), and other investigators will use their combined expertise in bioluminescence, taxonomy, visual ecology, imaging and molecular biology — together with the unique collecting capabilities of the Johnson-Sea-Link submersible — to explore the deep-sea benthic environment for undiscovered “living lights.”

Bioluminescence and Vision on the Deep Seafloor 2015

From July 14 - July 27, 2015, scientists will use their combined expertise in bioluminescence, taxonomy, visual ecology, imaging and molecular biology, together with the unique collecting capabilities and camera systems of the remotely operated vehicle, the Global Explorer, to continue studies of the deep-sea benthic environment in the Gulf of Mexico.

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