Now through next Tuesday, May 28, the Aquarium is displaying a single-pilot submersible, the DeepWorker, in the hallway between the Crashing Waves and Life on the Edge exhibits.
This completely self-contained vehicle has easy-to-use foot pedals and hand controls, two of the design elements that enable the operator to devote attention to filming and navigating as s/he explores depths up to 3,300 feet.
The DeepWorker was one of the deep submergence vehicles used to examine parts of the Zhemchug and Pribilof canyons in the Bering Sea. Greenpeace and other conservation partners have been exploring the region since 2007, delving into the biodiversity of this rich habitat. Conservationists have been concerned about this little-known region because of the effects of destructive fishing methods such as trawling and general over-fishing which have resulted in the destruction of rare sponges, corals, and other invertebrates which make up the base of this fragile habitat. Hopefully, their discoveries will help craft effective conservation policies for the area.
Come see the DeepWorker while it’s at the Aquarium—now through May 28.