2017 American Samoa: Dive 01

The first Okeanos dive of 2017 is now underway! This will be a relatively shallow dive (for us) at 300 – 400 meters depth, off American Samoa. Scientists will be looking for a population of protected nautili (cephalopods with spiral, chambered, pearly shells) that has been observed in the Taena Bank area. This is also the depth range for bottomfish and precious corals. From a geologic standpoint, this dive presents an important opportunity to sample the shallow volcanic stratigraphy (layers) of Tutuila island. The ROV should be on bottom for about three hours.

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