In June and July 2011, the GALREX 2011 expedition explored the diverse habitats and geologic settings of the deep Galápagos region, including axial volcanic ridges, hydrothermal vents, off-axis sulfide mounds, and seamounts.
From June to July 2011, a team of scientists and technicians both at-sea and on shore conducted exploratory investigations on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life in the vicinity of the Galápagos Islands. The 50-day expedition was divided into two ‘legs’ and included work in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and international waters.Learn more
A bright pink Holothurian sea cucumber rests beneath large 'pillows' of cooled lava that have since been coated in sediment.Learn more
This octopus and several like it were observed for lengthy periods between ship moves, on numerous ROV dives.Learn more
This inquisitive sea turtle descended with and bumped the ROV several times.Learn more