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Science Mission Task 4.4: Multidisciplinary seafloor observatory trials in the vicinity of the Poseidon-Pylos cable
- To perform two surveys from 1000-5500m in the vicinity of the Poseidon-Pylos cable and
- Analyse images and environmental data from surveys.
Combine data with existing data from other disciplines (e.g. seismic, geological, organic matter).
- Produce report identifying potential sites for permanent observatory.
Perform concentrated observations at potential sites for permanent observatory.
Analyse images and environmental data from concentrated survey.
The various observational objectives of Task 4.4 were completed over 5 research ship cruises in August 2008, October 2008, May 2009, December 2009 and January 2011.
A baited automatic camera system was used to take images which will be used to estimate fauna abundance at potential sites for a neutrino telescope.
Some of the images are shown below. Click on an image to see a larger version.
Further surveys were carried out using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), as well as CTD profiles measuring water properties.
Helicolenus dactylopterus 737m
Polyprion americanus - at 532m
Dipturus oxyrinchus - 532m
Coryphaenoides mediterraneus 5111m
living at the deepest point in continental Europe
Nettastoma melanurum 1346m
Blackfin sorcerer eating deep-water shrimp
Hexanchus griseus 1364m.jpg
bluntnose sixgill shark, sharks several meters long