Photo Gallery

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Scientists and assistants collect organisms along the coast of Shirahama, Japan, a NaGISA core site. (Yoshihisa Shirayama)

Taxonomists sorting through samples of newly collected organisms in Libong Island, Thailand. (NaGISA, Somchai Bussarawit)

Standard field equipment for collecting marine organisms, including sieves, plastic bags, preservatives, and field guides. (NaGISA)

Standard laboratory equipment for identifying collected organisms, including microscopes, fixing and preserving chemicals, forceps and pins, and detailed taxonomic reference books. (NaGISA)



A diagram showing how Sampling Nets and Multi-Frequency Echo Sounders work together to study marine life. (GOMA, W. Michaels)

A Video Plankton Recorder's instruments are given a check before use in the Gulf of Maine. (GoMA)

Scientists and crew sort through the massive amount of specimens brought up in a trawl in the Gulf of Maine. (GOMA)

A Scallop Dredge on the NOAA research ship, Oregon II, used to sample marine life along the sea floor. (NEFSC)



A state-of-the-art Epibenthic Sledge being used to study deep-sea biodiversity in the Atlantic Ocean. (CeDAMar)

Similar to the Cod-End Aquarium, this Amphipod Trap is specially designed to collect intact specimens of zooplankton and small crustacean organisms such as amphipods. (CeDAMar)

A large Sediment Corer being recovered after collecting a sample of the deep ocean floor. (NOAA Ocean Explorer)

A Time-Lapse Camera set-up in the process of being launched over the side of a research vessel. (CeDAMar)



The R/V G.O. SARS (named after the famous Norwegian oceanographer, George Ossian Sars), used by the MAR-ECO project, is one of the most advanced oceanographic research ships in the world. (Institute of Marine Research)

A Cod-End Aquarium being retrieved after a tow in the North Atlantic. (MAR-ECO, Tracey Sutton)

The Russian Manned Submersible, MIR, being deployed during a research cruise. (Raymond R. Wilson)

The Multinet, a vertically profiling Plankton Net used to collect depth-stratified samples of small zooplankton such as copepods. (MAR-ECO, Filipe Porteiro)

An Underwater Video Profiler being readied for launch during a MAR-ECO cruise. (Marc Picheral, Laboratoire d'Oceanologie de Villefranche)



The R/V ATLANTIS is used by the ChEss project as well as many other oceanographic research programs. (ChEss)

BRIDGET, a Deep-Towed Vehicle, being recovered here, carries instruments designed specifically to study hydrothermal vents. (Southampton Oceanography Centre)

The manned submersible, NAUTILE, carried on the back of a research vessel. (Daniel Desbruyères. Lfremer, France)

An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle being used for deep ocean research. (Southampton Oceanography Centre)



POST scientists on site in one of the project's 7 river systems, tagging wild salmon smolts. (David Welch)

Migrating salmon smolts are collected in a trap to be tagged in order to study their movement. (David Welch)

A salmon smolt receives an acoustic tag. (David Welch)

Preparing to deploy the seabed nodes that will be used off the shore of the Pacific Northwest to track tagged salmon and other fish species. (David Welch)



A Smart Position and Temperature (SPOT) Tag that relays a lot of information about the movement of large marine animals up a satellite. (TOPP)

A small tuna being released after being tagged. (Jose Cort, NOAA Ocean Explorer)

A photograph of a Pop-Up Satellite Archival Tag (PSAT) on the dorsal fin of a large tuna. (TOPP)

An example of actual recorded movements across the Pacific Ocean of tagged individuals of three different species of sharks, an elephant seal, and a sea lion. (TOPP)



A view of the study site, the Artic Ocean, from a polar research vessel. (Rolf Gradinger)

A photograph of organisms collected from the Arctic shelf seafloor, including a large number of sea stars and brittle stars. (Bodil Bluhm, UAF)

The Russian R/V PROFESSOR KHROMOV, being readied for a cruise in the Arctic. (Bodil Bluhm, UAF)

International Collaboration, such as between these Russian and American scientists shown here identifying collected organisms, is a primary facet of Arctic research. (Bodil Bluhm, UAF)