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Doing our bit for the ocean, and happy!

  Today is our last day at sea after a truly terrific expedition. Like all of the very best expeditions, ours was highly ambitious, and at times it felt impossible. But we not only completed all of our targets; thanks to this extraordinary team, we exceeded them! This has been hugely successful and enjoyable deep-sea…

Towards an evidence-based Ascension Island Ocean Sanctuary

Written by Dr. Judith Brown, Director of Conservation and Fisheries, Ascension Island government The U.K. government has taken a proactive approach to marine conservation, committing to marine protection around both its own shores and those of its overseas territories in what is known as its “Blue Belt” commitment. Whilst an honorable statement, now comes the hard…

Seamounts: The “Serengeti” of the Ocean

Written by Chester Sands and David Barnes, benthic team, British Antarctic Survey Seamounts in tropical oceans provide oases of life in the shallows surrounded by sparser deeper waters.  The physical feature of the underwater mountain affects currents such that cool, nutrient rich waters are forced up and mix with the warm surface waters providing an…

The sixgill shark: Finding an old friend

We never know what deep-sea creatures will find our drop-cameras. When the cameras return to the surface and we check the results it’s always a period of patience combined with eager anticipation and the hope of something exciting. Last night our patience was rewarded when our camera returned from a depth of 2,100 feet (700…

At sea: Preparing for discovery!

At last! We have substituted more than a year of logistics and science planning, team building, administration, shipping, permits, emails, long-distance phone calls and enthusiastic meetings for what is now a living, beautiful ocean expedition. It felt so good to leave the dock at Recife and really start work. The 1,200 nautical mile passage is…

Ascension Island: Pristine Seas Heads to the Mountains!

We are headed to Ascension Island, a tiny volcanic island in the South Atlantic, midway between Brazil and Africa. It’s a powerful place where the deep sea and remote mountains collide, leaving the island as the small visible tip of a massive 3,200-meter mountain.