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Welcome to Creep into the DEEPEND!

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Summary: Dr. Tracey Sutton, Director and Chief Scientist for the DEEPEND project, welcomes you to this virtual exploration, provides some background on the project and offers to hints at what is ahead.

Hello Creep into the DEEPEND Virtual Team Members!

First, let me welcome you to DEEPEND! One of the primary goals of DEEPEND is to increase awareness of the deep sea, its inhabitants, and the potential threats to this amazing environment. DEEPEND currently includes 57 scientists, outreach specialists, and students. I can speak for all of them when I thank you for joining us!

DEEPEND is a three-year project (2015-2017) with a primary mission to characterize the oceanic Gulf of Mexico in terms of the diversity, abundance, and distribution of its inhabitants. We will focus primarily on fishes, shrimps, squids, and jellies. We will also look at microbes, ocean circulation, and possible contaminants left over from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Our exploration will go far deeper than where scientists usually study in the deep, with much of our sampling going almost a mile down. There we will see rare and exotic organisms, such as this fine-looking anglerfish we just collected.

During the cruise, members of the DEEPEND Science Team will post updates and photos to share their research. Don’t forget, you can send us questions by clicking here.

To learn more about our researchers, find cool photos, and videos check out WhaleTimes, continue to visit the Oceanscape Network, or see the DEEPEND Consortium page.

Once again, we are so excited to have you join us!

My best, Tracey Sutton, Ph.D., DEEPEND Director and Chief Scientist

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A Cooperative Program

Creep Into the DEEPEND is a WhaleTimes, Inc. Virtual Research Mission, in cooperation with the DEEPEND Consortium and the Oceanscape Network. For more information visit whaletimes.org

Send the Scientists a Question

During the duration of our online event, DEEPEND scientists will be answering questions from the public. To submit your inquiry, email us at seamail@whaletimes.org

About The Dates

The dates shown on the Creep into the DEEPEND blogs represent the original cruise dates for this expedition. Our online postings have been intentionally delayed for the start of the 2015-16 school year so students and teachers can participate in this adventure. Thank you.