Expeditions and Explorers


anthiid fish on Oculina coral head
Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern:  2008 Habitat Restoration Mission
April 2008
The NASA ship Freedom Star will support technical scuba divers on April 1-10 as they revisit coral habitat restoration experiments deployed in the past decade. Artificial reef structures were deployed in the Sebastian Pinnacles area of the Oculina Bank  to stimulate new coral growth and provide structure for reef fish.  A dive team, equipped with scooters and digital cameras, will document the concrete structures and surrounding habitat.  The divers will also deploy a bio-observatory designed to stay out for six weeks and capture images and sounds on a living Oculina reef.
3D colored, shaded bathymetry of Chapmans Reef, from 2005 survey done with multibeam sonar from R/V Cape Fear by Seafloor Systems, Inc. Credit: A. Maness
Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern (OHAPC): 2006 Seafloor Mapping and Habitat Characterization Mission
October 2006
Meet the explorers, read summaries about the research, view images and read daily logs, all at the cruise Web site.
Sidescan Sonar and Sediment Data from Oculina Bank
Oculina Bank: Sidescan Sonar and Sediment Data from a Deep–Water Coral Reef Habitat off East–Central Florida
August 1995
Meet the explorers, read summaries about the research, view images and read daily logs, all at the cruise Web site.
Blue Angel Fish and Oculina Coral
Islands in the Stream — Oculina Bank Leg
August 29 — September 3, 2001
Meet the explorers, read summaries about the research, view images and read daily logs, all at the cruise Web site.
Oculina expedition discovers uncharted WW II shipwreck
Mapping the Oculina Bank Marine Protected Area: Acoustic mapping, benthic habitat characterization, and integration into GIS
October 16 — 23, 2002
Meet the explorers, read summaries about the research, view images and read daily logs, all at the cruise Web site.
Reef Ball
Exploring the Sights and Sounds of a Deepwater Coral Marine Protected Area Off Florida
April 29 — May 8, 2003
Meet the explorers, read summaries about the research, view images and read daily logs, all at the cruise Web site.
A 3–D Mapping of the Oculina Banks Created Using Multibeam Sonar
Protecting a National Treasure: Florida’s Oculina Deepwater Coral Reefs
October 12 – 18, 2005
Meet the explorers, read summaries about the research, view images and read daily logs, all at the cruise Web site.