The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research announces the:

Journey into Midnight: Light and Life Below the Twilight Zone 

June 7-23, 2019

Join our Science Team as they explore bioluminescence in the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico! 

 Despite being the largest habitat by volume on the planet, the water column remains one of the most poorly explored environments. This is especially true once one moves below 1000 m into the bathypelagic realm.

From June 7 to June 23, 2019, join a team of deep-sea experts as they explore some of the deepest part of the Gulf of Mexico between 3,750 and 4,384 meters (12,303 and 14,383 ft) specifically to study bioluminescence and vision capabilities of the organisms that live there. The rest of the summer WhaleTimes will share their discoveries with you. What we learn is sure to be illuminating!