View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 10th during the Indonesia-USA Deep-Sea Exploration Expedition.
<p>Before launching the ROV on the initial planned location, the bridge discovered that the dive area was located in an explosive ordinance zone. The dive location was moved to a ridge to the south that rose from the bottom to a depth of approximately 2240m. The crew launched the ROV at 3d 16.0926'N 125d 17.454'E around 0845.</p>
<p>There as almost no current at the bottom and the surface was heavily sedimented with very few animals anywhere. The ROV did however come across a few very interesting creatures as it climbed up the slope. These included a large purple spoon worm whose digestive tract was clearly visible through its translucent skin; a fascinating large purple nudibranch; and a camouflaged sea urchin covered with a hat of organic debris and smaller animals.</p>
<p>The crew also noticed a number of large burrows in the sediment and several track lines with a lot of oddly shaped debris or perhaps unidentified organism. Near the end of the dive the ROV came across a small cliff face that resembled a canyon with pale orange colored rock, a stark contrast from the brown sediment seen for most of the dive.</p>