Azores,    Portugal

– Field expedition –

The Marine Futures Lab recently took part in an expedition aboard the Santa Maria Manuela to the central and western groups of the Azores, in collaboration with National Geographic Pristine Seas, Oceano Azul Foundation and the Waitt Foundation.

PhD candidate Chris Thompson deployed mid-water BRUVS at Pico, Flores and Corvo Islands as well as the offshore Princess Alice Bank, Gigante Seamount and Cachalot Seamount. The expedition team, across both the SMM and the NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho also completed, multiple deep dropcam deployments, fish and invertebrate surveys, benthic BRUVS surveys, grouper tagging, seabed mapping and a number of ROV surveys.

Video footage collected using drifting pelagic baited stereo-cameras (stereo-BRUVS).

 

Copyright: Centre for Marine Futures, University of WA 2019.
Music: Luca Francini

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RESEARCH VESSEL 

The Santa Maria Manuela at dock in Horta, Faial. Pico Island in the background.

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NOT ONE, BUT MANY   

Portuguese man-of-war is a colony of individual organisms called polyps.

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RESEARCH PLANNING   

Expedition leader Paul Rose leading our evening operations meeting on board the Santa Maria Manuela