Tunicates (aka sea squirts) covering the lamp of the Oregon Shelf digital still camera. Tunicates are chordates that start life as a swimming, fish-like animal and then settle on a surface and become sessile (attached) organisms that filter food out of the water flowing by. Photo Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V19
LED lights on the high definition camera, built by the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, light up a > 1 m tall, young black smoker chimney at the base of the actively venting Mushroom edifice on Axial Seamount (water depth ~1500 m). The image, taken with the ROV Jason, shows the camera being tested by UW engineers during VISIONS16. They were in the Operations Center, located >300 miles to the east at the School of Oceanography. Here, they were commanding/controlling the camera live through the terrestrial and submarine Internet as part of the NSF Cabled Array infrastructure. Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI; V16.
The ROV Jason "looks" at a hybrid underwater wet-mate connector that connects the high definition camera to a ~ 4 km long extension cabled attached to Primary Node PN3B at the summit of Axial Seamount. This connection provides a 10 Gbs communication path to the terrestrial Internet located >300 miles to the east. White bacterial mats line fractures in the lava-covered seafloor where diffusely flowing fluids are exiting the seafloor. Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI; V16.
The high definition camera, built by the UW Applied Physics Lab, was reinstalled in 2016 during the VISIONS'16 cruise. The prior camera had been streaming video live to shore for two years. The camera was recovered to clear the outer window of biofouling. The camera is located at the hydrothermal chimney called Mushroom in the ASHES hydrothermal field on Axial Seamount. Video are streamed live from ~5000 ft down and >300 miles offshore onto the Internet 8 times a day. Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI; V16.
During ROPOS Dive R1835, the high definition camera was turned at the Mushroom chimney and the osmo fluid sampler was turned that was inserted into the 3D temperature array. A small MAPR temperature was recovered from the base of the 3D temperature array. The HD camera was tested and ROPOS conducted a video survey of some of the chimneys – Mushroom, Inferno, Phoenix, and Anenome. The HD camera came up rapidly during testing from shore. Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/ISS; Dive R1835; V15.
A new high definition camera was installed at the hydrothermal vent called 'Mushroom' in the ASHES hydrothermal field atop Axial Volcano. The camera, built by the UW Applied Physics Lab, was tested today and streamed live HD imagery >300 miles back to shore from a water depth of >5000 m. Credit: Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/ISS; Dive R1835; V15.