Davidson Seamount: A Deep-Sea Oasis

By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute Davidson Seamount is an underwater volcano located just 75 miles off the coast of California. Its summit rises an impressive 7500 feet above the surrounding seafloor, yet still remains hidden beneath 4100 feet of water. One of the largest seamounts in U.S. waters, it is uniquely Read more about Davidson Seamount: A Deep-Sea Oasis[…]

Denizens of the Deep: How Sponges Create Important Habitats

By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute When you think of a ‘sponge’, you may immediately picture the dish sponge you use to wash dishes or mop up spills. Did you know that sponges are also animals that occur throughout our world’s oceans and in some freshwater lakes and rivers? In fact, it Read more about Denizens of the Deep: How Sponges Create Important Habitats[…]

Pollution in the deep sea – are any habitats safe from human disturbance?

By Dr. Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute We’re all too familiar with the horrible images of once pristine beaches that are now covered with trash, threatening a wide array of charismatic animals including sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals. What about our ocean’s most remote habitat though – the deep sea? You may Read more about Pollution in the deep sea – are any habitats safe from human disturbance?[…]

Deep But Not Deserted – Exploring Deep-Sea Ecosystems Off the California Coast

By Dr. Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute In July 2018, Marine Conservation Institute staff scientist Samuel Georgian stepped on board the NOAA research vessel Bell M. Shimada, beginning a two-week expedition to explore deep-water coral and sponge habitats off the coast of northern California. In conjunction with NOAA’s Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Read more about Deep But Not Deserted – Exploring Deep-Sea Ecosystems Off the California Coast[…]

Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands

By Dr. Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute Location, location, location! This axiom of the real estate world is perhaps even more true in the natural world. Finding the right environmental conditions for deep-sea corals and sponges to survive and thrive is a rare occurrence in the deep ocean. Marine biologists have discovered deep-sea Read more about Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands[…]

The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk

By Kelly Martin, Communications Intern at Marine Conservation Institute  You’ve probably heard the saying that we know less about the deep ocean than we do about the surface of the moon. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we have explored less than 5% of the ocean to date, so the saying is pretty Read more about The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk[…]