ROV Ventana recovery
Karen Salamy © 1997 MBARI
"In reaching its 2,000th dive, Ventana has proven itself to
be the workaholic of remotely operated vehicles," said MBARI
President and CEO Dr. Marcia McNutt. "However, its success is even
better measured in the vast wealth of information about the deep sea and
the life it contains, recorded during its more than 12 years of
exploration and experimentation in Monterey Bay. This milestone is a
tribute to the fine engineers and marine operations staff at MBARI who
have kept this vehicle in the water nearly 200 days each year while still
keeping its tools and systems at the state of the art."
Ventana first dove in Monterey Bay on August 25, 1988, and has
explored the sea to depths of 1,700 meters during its nearly 13-year
operation by MBARI. Ventana and its support ship, the R/V Point
Lobos, operate nearly every weekday on research missions in Monterey Bay.
The vehicle and ship have also contributed to extended research
expeditions as far south as the Santa Barbara Basin and north to Oregon.
Living up to its name as a window to the deep ocean, Ventana is
equipped with lights, a broadcast-quality video camera, sensors, sampling
tools, and specialized equipment for deep-sea research.
When it reached this latest milestone, MBARI scientist Jim Barry was
using Ventana to investigate seafloor animal communities in
Monterey Bay. On its 2,000th dive, Ventana carried a benthic
respiration system to measure the oxygen consumption of sediment-dwelling
organisms and collected push cores of sediment from the Monterey Canyon.
Our website has more information about ROV Ventana, including vehicle
specifications and history
of MBARI research explorations.
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