Friday deep-sea picture: Deepworkers find Primnoa

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Greg Workman reports in today’s dispatch “A Great Day at the Office” that after a few days searching, the Finding Coral Expedition has … found coral. Hooray! Workman and his dive buddy Sheila McKenna discovered a garden of huge Primnoa sp. gorgonians in Juan Perez Sound.  He relates the story of their descent, below …

“…we try to keep each other in sight through a dense layer of jelly fish at 200 feet, then at 500 feet through a heavy layer of krill and the herring feeding on them. By 700 feet visibility starts to clear and we can see each other again. Then at 980 feet there’s a loud bang …”

Images from the Finding Coral photostream at Flickr.

Peter Etnoyer (406 Posts)

PhD candidate at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi and doctoral fellow Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.





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