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

Related Articles


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 January 30, 2015 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 January 30, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Plants & Animals News

Friday, January 30, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Nanoscale Sensor Could Help Wine Producers and Clinical Scientists

Nanoscale Sensor Could Help Wine Producers and Clinical Scientists

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 30, 2015) A nanosensor that mimics the oral effects and sensations of drinking wine has been developed by Danish and Portuguese researchers. Jim Drury saw it in operation. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Brawling Pandas Are Violently Adorable

Brawling Pandas Are Violently Adorable

Buzz60 (Jan. 29, 2015) Video of pandas play fighting at the Chengdu Research Base in China will make your day. Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) shows us. Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com
The Best Foods for a Longer Life

The Best Foods for a Longer Life

Buzz60 (Jan. 29, 2015) When it comes to maintaining health in our later years, eating right and fueling our bodies with nutritious food is key. Krystin Goodwin (@krystingoodwin) highlights the best foods for a longer life. Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com
Why Researchers Say We Should Cut Back On Biofuels

Why Researchers Say We Should Cut Back On Biofuels

Newsy (Jan. 29, 2015) Biofuels aren&apos;t the best alternative to fossil fuels, according to a new report. In fact, they&apos;re quite a bad one. Video provided by Newsy
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:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Plants & Animals

Earth & Climate

Fossils & Ruins

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