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Monterey, CA | Researchers stream Monterey Bay prospecting

Have you ever wondered what is in the depths of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Now you can find…

Have you ever wondered what is in the depths of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Now you can find out in real time.

A group of explorers is in the midst of a 10-day expedition to a deep water area outside Big Sur near Davidson Seamount – and it is streaming live online.

Ocean Exploration Trust – founded by Titantic Explorer Dr. Robert Ballard 2008 – has explored the eastern Pacific for the last four years, according to the Nautilus Live website.

In partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the trust team launches robotic remote-controlled vehicles from the Nautilus exploration vessel, equipped with cameras, probes and sampling systems.

Argus (left) and Hercules (right), two remote controlled vehicles used to explore deep waters in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Claire Fackler National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The team began exploring the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary on October 21 and will be packed up on October 31st. The next stop is the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara and Ventura County.

The camera was out of order for a few days when the team had to return to San Diego to repair the cable attached to the remote-powered vehicles that broke into a special deep-diving, Andrew DeVogelaere, Marine Head Research Director, told Tribune in a phone call .

But on Sunday afternoon, the team was heading back to Davidson Seamount, with cameras sending a live flow of the ship that ran up to the coast under sunny clouds.

So far, the expedition has allowed researchers to reach deep in the bay, as no-one has seen before – down to 12,000 feet, DeVogelaere says.

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“We know more about the surface of the moon than we do at the bottom of the ocean,” he said.

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and anyone watching online – have seen old corals and mushrooms, sea pigs and deep water cocoons, said DeVogelaere.

At a particularly special moment, the cameras caught more than 1,000 deep sea alcohols, including honors that protect their eggs.

DeVogelaere said that the live stream allows the public to see the discoveries, alongside researchers looking around the world. It allows them to be part of the expedition without being physically on a boat offshore in California.

“We are very excited to make it work in the Central Coast area,” he said.

Watching Nautilus Live Exploration, and ask questionnaires in real time, visit

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