Zombie Worms, Octopus Gardens, and Hydrothermal Vents! Exploring the Unknown off the Coast of California: The 2019 Nautilus Field Season

By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute The deep sea is the last great unexplored region of our planet. We only have detailed maps for approximately 5% of the ocean – most of the seafloor maps you see are very coarse estimates based on remote sensing data from satellites. Perhaps more importantly, we Read more about Zombie Worms, Octopus Gardens, and Hydrothermal Vents! Exploring the Unknown off the Coast of California: The 2019 Nautilus Field Season[…]

San Juan Seamount: An Ancient Archipelago

By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute San Juan Seamount Seamounts are massive underwater mountains – usually extinct volcanoes – that tower thousands of feet above the seafloor. Some seamounts however, including the San Juan Seamount off the coast of southern California, were once ancient islands. San Juan started to form approximately 20 Read more about San Juan Seamount: An Ancient Archipelago[…]

Denizens of the Deep: The Octopuses Who Make Their Homes on Seamounts

By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute Octopuses are seriously cool creatures. They can rapidly change the color of their skin to blend perfectly into their environments, they have a whopping three hearts, eight arms, and nine brains, and they have evolved both venom and ink glands for defense. Their majesty doesn’t stop Read more about Denizens of the Deep: The Octopuses Who Make Their Homes on Seamounts[…]