Our first day of research diving yields some exciting and unexpected encounters! If today was any indication of what is to come, this will truly be a fantastic expedition!
After our shakedown dive yesterday off Lehua Rock, today we are making our way towards our first dive site within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument at French Frigate Shoals.
As we do on all expeditions, we began with a "Shakedown" dive. Although we missed the drop on the deep dive, the lunch-time snorkel was spectacular!
Amid the flurry of activity surrounding preparations for the 2016 deep-diving expedition into the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, I've been spending a lot of time thinking about legacies. In this post, I will reflect on the historical legacy of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (including my own involvement), and later [...]
Diving hundreds of meters into the Mesophotic region of the coral reef is always an adventure.
Bishop Museum zoologist Dr. Richard L. Pyle, gave a presentation his work using advanced diving technology to explore deep coral-reef environments (known as the Coral-Reef “Twilight Zone”, or “Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems)...
Once again, a team of rebreather divers heads off to the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to explore the deep coral reefs of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
On their final series of dives in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the team collects some specimens for colleagues, and has a surprisingly fruitful shallow dive to wrap things up.
As they head back towards the Main Hawaiian Islands from Midway Atoll, the deep diving team makes some exciting discoveries on the north side of Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
Mid-way through the cruise, the Hi'ialakai docks at Midway Atoll, allowing the ship's crew and science team an opportunity to walk around on dry land.