2020 Nautilus Expedition

left: e/v nautilus, center map of west coast of u.s. highlighting the expedition locations, right: a whale fall with marine life all over the whale bones

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is partnering with Ocean Exploration Trust remotely aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus to seek out new discoveries in little known regions of the deep sea along the North American West Coast. As part of this expedition, from October 12-15, 2020, Nautilus explored Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and adjacent Santa Lucia Bank.

Scientists on board Nautilus and on shore participating via telepresence have been conducting research that focuses on deep-sea coral habitats and an extensive octopus aggregation in our national marine sanctuaries. Most of the world's deep ocean remains largely unexplored, leaving significant gaps in knowledge needed to manage and protect ocean resources and to understand and predict future change.

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