Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Discovery Channel Returns From Underwater Scientific Expedition Off The Coast Of Cuba

Date:
January 7, 1998
Source:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
Summary:
The expedition of these unchartered, pristine waters in a high-tech submersible vehicle was designed to look for new species, explore the massive coral reefs on the coastal shelf (the first outsiders since the mid-1950s to do so), and dive the sea bottom amid shipwrecks from the past.

Crew of scientists received a surprise visit from Cuban President Fidel Castro

A team of internationally renowned scientists and researchers returns today from a month-long deep sea scientific expedition off the coast of Cuba. The expedition of these unchartered, pristine waters in a high-tech submersible vehicle was designed to look for new species, explore the massive coral reefs on the coastal shelf (the first outsiders since the mid-1950s to do so), and dive the sea bottom amid shipwrecks from the past. The expedition and the resulting discoveries will be the subject of two Discovery Channel one-hour documentaries tentatively titled FORBIDDEN DEPTHS (WT) and slated to air on Discovery Channel in early 1999.

Led by Dr. Grant Gilmore of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, a group of American scientists and ichthyologists participated in this cooperative research mission along with a team of Cuban scientists aboard the research vessel SEWARD JOHNSON. The scientists made numerous dives in a sophisticated, deep-sea submersible known as the JOHNSON-SEA-LINK, which is capable of diving up to 3,000 feet below the water's surface. The crew used the latest in digital cameras to record their deep-sea dives.

The team of scientists announced that they found four brand new species that never been seen before and 26 species of fish that have never before been seen in Cuban waters. In addition, they were able to document changes in aquatic communities and study invertebrates that may have significance in providing drugs for the cure of human disease.

On Friday, January 2, the crew of the SEWARD JOHNSON received a surprise visit from Cuban President Fidel Castro. Castro has long been interested in underwater expedition and he spent two hours on the boat talking with the scientists about their findings and about the issues of underwater conservation.

Discovery Channel Online, the network's award-winning web site (http://www.discovery.com), is featuring a complete dispatch and photos from Friday's visit. Photos of Castro's visit may be downloaded for press usage from a special FTP site, at the web address ftp.discovery.com]. To access the photos, your special user name is [dcimm0] and the password is [lens$cap]. Captions for each photo are also available at the FTP site as text files. All photos downloaded must be credited Discovery Channel Online/Bill Belleville.

Several members of this expedition including Dr. Gilmore and Dr. John McCosker evolutionary biologist with the California Academy of Sciences, along with renowned underwater cinematographer Al Giddings (Titanic, The Abyss) also participated in Discovery Channel's acclaimed 1995 expedition to the Galapagos Islands, which uncovered more than two dozen new marine animals.

Discovery Channel is one of the United States' three largest cable television networks, serving 72.6 million households across the nation with the finest in informative entertainment. Discovery Networks, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc., operates and manages Discovery Channel, TLC The Learning Channel) and Animal Planet.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. "Discovery Channel Returns From Underwater Scientific Expedition Off The Coast Of Cuba." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 January 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/01/980107065609.htm>.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. (1998, January 7). Discovery Channel Returns From Underwater Scientific Expedition Off The Coast Of Cuba. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/01/980107065609.htm
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. "Discovery Channel Returns From Underwater Scientific Expedition Off The Coast Of Cuba." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/01/980107065609.htm (accessed September 17, 2014).

Share This



More Plants & Animals News

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Some Tobacco Farmers Thrive Amid Challenges

Some Tobacco Farmers Thrive Amid Challenges

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) The South's tobacco country is surviving, and even thriving in some cases, as demand overseas keeps growers in the fields of one of America's oldest cash crops. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Scientists Given Rare Glimpse of 350-Kilo Colossal Squid

Scientists Given Rare Glimpse of 350-Kilo Colossal Squid

AFP (Sep. 16, 2014) Scientists say a female colossal squid weighing an estimated 350 kilograms (770 lbs) and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic. Duration: 00:47 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Raw: Scientists Examine Colossal Squid

Raw: Scientists Examine Colossal Squid

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) Squid experts in New Zealand thawed and examined an unusual catch on Tuesday: a colossal squid. It was captured in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea in December last year and has been frozen for eight months. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ivorians Abandon Monkey Pets in Fear Over Ebola Virus

Ivorians Abandon Monkey Pets in Fear Over Ebola Virus

AFP (Sep. 16, 2014) Since the arrival of Ebola in Ivory Coast, Ivorians have been abandoning their pets, particularly monkeys, in the fear that they may transmit the virus. Duration: 00:47 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

    Environment News

      Technology News



      Save/Print:
      Share:

      Free Subscriptions


      Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

      Get Social & Mobile


      Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

      Have Feedback?


      Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
      Mobile: iPhone Android Web
      Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
      Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
      Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins