Once again the Smokey Caverns (or Taverns as it is also known) has changed remarkably since we visited it with Jason last year. The area is significantly more rugged, marked by large hummocks. An eelpout, sole, clams and orange rock fish dot the landscape. Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V18.
Exposed gas hydrate (a clathrate of water ice that forms around methane) observed in Einstein's Grotto at the Southern Hydrate Ridge summit. Large bubbles were seen escaping intermittently from the crevice, indicating an active methane seep. A rockfish is sheltering within the grotto as well.
Photo Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF, Dive R1754, VISIONS14