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Canyon Habitats of the Northeast Produce Stunning Footage

NOAA scientists have concluded the first leg of a 36-day expedition to survey deep-sea coral off the Northeastern seaboard. They will conduct investigations into the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life along the Northeast U.S. Canyons. NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer deployed a remotely operated vehicle into several canyons, including the Hudson Canyon, which extends hundreds of miles east from the Hudson River along the seafloor. The crew found an unexpectedly large amount of coral and captured some stunning footag.

NOAA and partners identified these targets to explore during Atlantic Canyon Undersea Mapping Expeditions (ACUMEN Project), an initiative that is part of NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint. The second leg of the expedition, which is partially funded by the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program got underway July 31st. It will explore cold seeps, deep coral communities, undersea canyons, landslide features, and a seamount.

Posted August 7, 2013