Category Archives: Cruise

The ROV ISIS: Turning on the lights in the Deep Sea

If you’ve been following the Deep Links website and Twitter feed then you must have stumbled upon many deep-sea pictures and videos, including the Sea Pen versus ROV video and some incredible deep-sea coral gardens. All these images are possible thanks … Continue reading

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Human Activities in the Deep Sea

For thousands of years humans have been travelling the world’s oceans and using their resources. These days, activities in the deep sea include oil and gas extraction, shipping, fishing and exploratory work for seabed mining. The industries built around these … Continue reading

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Introducing the Beasties!!!

While we have told you a bit about this project, about connectivity, vertical distributions and Marine Protected Areas MPAs), we have not yet properly introduced you to our target species. So, here is a little bit about our best friends … Continue reading

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Beyond Biology: Making the most of our coral collection

By now, if you have been following the other Deep Links blogs, you will hopefully have become familiar with one of the main purposes of the expedition: collecting deep-sea organisms to examine genetic connectivity between different deep-sea populations. But there … Continue reading

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Life aboard the James Cook: fulfilling a masters student’s bucket list

Walking up to the RRS James Cook as a newbie seafarer 3 weeks ago, I was firstly taken aback by the sheer enormity of it. Stretching 89.20m in length and 18.60m in width, it’s certainly an impressive sight. Being my … Continue reading

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Deep-sea Sea Cucumbers

Sea cucumbers (Holothurians) are a type of Echinoderm and are related to sea stars and sea urchins. They generally have a caterpillar-like appearance, often with the addition of some tentacles around the mouth, but some have more adventurous body-shapes, including … Continue reading

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WARNING: Deep-sea science rarely goes to plan!

This cruise has begun with a leisurely start, a four day transit to our study area means that we have time to: Set the equipment up, run through safety and sampling protocols, enjoy flat calm seas, beautiful sunsets, and a … Continue reading

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