MLSS has teamed up with Aquatica Submarines to test their newly designed Stingray Submersibles. Together we are exploring the glass sponge bioherms of Howe Sound to help promote conservation.
On February 16, 2017, MLSS divers accompanied the Aquatica submersible crew for a dive on the HMCS Annapolis.The activity was a practice dive to land on the foredeck of the sunken ship while creating the least amount of disturbance of sediments in the process. Inadvertently disturbing sediments, or suspending sediments up into the water column, during a dive survey of the glass sponge reefs can cause clogging of passageways within the sponges; or, potentially irreparable damage to the sponges by smothering them.
On March 10, 2017 Discovery Channel news reporter, Alan Nursall, accompanied by MLSS Director, Glen Dennison, explored the Kelvin Grove glass sponge reef (bioherm) in Aquatica’s Stingray submersible. For Glen, having discovered and mapped the reef bioherm using a drop camera in January 2013, it was his first time seeing it up close and personal. For Alan, it was a first time in the Stingray and a first time to view the glass sponge reefs – an experience of a life time!
on the link to view Aquatica’s YouTube video.