Thursday, November 30, 2023

Scientists Develop Stunning Images Of Deep Sea Oasis


Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in collaboration with Frame 48 — a Los Angeles-based post-production film company, have produced some stunning images of a deep-sea oasis on the Sur Ridge off the coast of Monterey Bay.

The ridge is the size of Manhattan and was discovered in 2013 by MBARI scientists and NOAA. Over the years, the ridge has been extensively researched. The latest efforts involve a remotely operated vehicle diving three meters from the ground and combining lasers, sonars, and stereo cameras to study the ridge at an unprecedented resolution.

The resulting video visuals are stunning and bring a host of deep-sea creatures and corals to life.

Commenting on the stunning new visuals, MBARI Principal Engineer Dave Caress stated:

“Our goal was to distill these two decades of work into a two-minute animation that captures the majesty of this underwater world that so few people get to see. It’s the next best thing to visiting Sur Ridge in person.”

You can check out the Sur Ridge in the video below.

Seeing Sur Ridge: Transforming deep-sea mapping data to reveal the majesty of an underwater oasis
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for