This summer, MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) will be exploring Sur Ridge in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). Sur Ridge is a deep-sea rocky outcrop off the coast of northern California that rises 500 meters (1,640 feet) above the seafloor and is an underwater oasis of deep-sea corals and sponge gardens. Over the last decade, MBARI and MBNMS have partnered to explore and study this remarkable part of the sanctuary and better understand the growing impacts of climate change on the lush coral and sponge gardens discovered there. Working aboard R/V Western Flyer, researchers will use a suite of state-of-the-art marine technology, including cameras, high-resolution mapping tools, and the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts to learn more about the countless mysteries that exist in the deep sea.
You are invited to dive behind the scenes of MBARI’s expedition to Sur Ridge during their Live from the deep virtual event. You will be able to see live footage of the seafloor, ask scientists, engineers, and aquarists from MBARI, MBNMS, and Monterey Bay Aquarium your questions, and find out what it’s really like to have a career exploring the deep ocean.
For more information on Sur Ridge visit: Revealing the secrets of Sur Ridge
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