Ecosystem Impacts of Oil & Gas Inputs to the Gulf
  • An octopus rises in the water column to get a better view of Hercules.
    (credit: Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG, a GoMRI funded research consortium)
    An octopus rises in the water column to get a better view of Hercules. (credit: Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG, a GoMRI funded research consortium)
  • Research Cruise June 22-July 5, 2014. ECOGIG Researchers aboard the EV Nautilus, led by Dr. Chuck Fisher, will use the remotely operated vehicles (ROV) Hercules and Argus to explore and sample coral at various sites in the Gulf of Mexico. 
    Photo Credit: Ocean Exploration Trust.
  • Hercules and Argus Imaging corals using wiffle ball for scale, during Dr. Fisher's research cruise aboard EV Nautilus, June 23, 2014,
    Photo credit: Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG
  • Front view of the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Hercules collecting a glass sponge from a thicket of Lophelia pertusa coral in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
    credit: Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG, a GoMRI funded research consortium
  • Delicate glass sponge collected from a cold-water coral reef ecosystem in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The sponge's tissue will later be analyzed for its stable isotopic composition.
    credit: Caleb King