05 Nov 2020
November 5, 2020

6:19:46 ROV Dive 388 – Falkor ROV Deep Ocean Dive Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – Ribbon Reef Canyons Freakishly Tall (detached) Coral Reef

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6:19:46 ROV Dive 388 – Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – Ribbon Reef Canyons
Note: 1610 Meters equate to 5282 feet = 1 mile depth

Schmidt Ocean
Join RV Falkor and ROV SuBastian for the fourteenth dive of the Seamounts, Canyons & Reefs of the Coral Sea expedition as we explore the submarine canyons of the outer Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Today we are exploring the lower section of a deeply incised canyon that is connected to the continental shelf, offshore from Ribbon Reef 9. Here we’ll be using the high resolution cameras and robotic arm of the ROV to observe and collect samples of the geology and seabed organisms. The transect today will start at 1550 meters water depth and ascend to 1300m.

We will start our dive with a midwater timed descent from 200 – 1200 m to observe and sample the plankton, with live commentary provided by Dr Dhugal Lyndsay from Japan.

This ROV dive is part of the second leg of our expedition in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Coral Sea Marine Park, led by Dr. Scott Nichol from Geoscience Australia, with a science team from James Cook University, Queensland University of Technology, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and University of Sydney.


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