Explore the Deep Sea

Expeditions

Expedition 4: Deep-sea creatures

The fourth of five expeditions to the Lau Basin (in May 2005) picked up where the third expedition left off. The main focus was on deep-sea biology, especially on:

A crabtrap. Image courtesy of E. Goehring

The right tools for the job

Researchers are sending the remotely-operated submarine vehicle Jason II down to the seafloor, thousands of meters below the ship. Jason can collect samples from the seafloor and the water column using specialized equipment. For instance:

Next: Expedition 5 of 5: Animals again