Halloween day, and into the dark forbidding ocean depths the MLSS drop camera descended. It was searching for the sponge bioherms at Kelvin Grove triple seamount.
Oceanographic biologist Lena Clayton and MLSS director Glen Dennison hosted the UBC environmental sciences (ENVR 400) student team on an expedition to study glass sponge.
The students spent over 5 hours with the cameras as deep as 400 feet, observing creatures in and around the glass sponge bioherms.
All video was recorded for use in project studies regarding glass sponge habitat. The students discovered ghost prawn traps, schools of rockfish, prawns, and various forms of life in and around the sponge.
They were able to see the stark differences inside the sponge beds as opposed to the abyssal plains around the seamount. Returning home with a mountain of video data, they have a full project for their ENVR 400 class.
October 31, 2015