A giant octopus constructed of rebar and mesh has been sunk to the bottom of the sea off the coast of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands as part of Project YOKO, the world’s largest underwater art installation and marine life habitat. It will be open to divers for a small fee, raising funds for research into the area’s coral reefs.
The survey expedition team will use the latest subsea imaging technology and a newly built manned submersible to assess the condition of the shipwreck and document artifacts in the debris field.
The exploration team will conduct annual surveys of the wreck in collaboration with experts from the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as part of a long-term study to document the current condition of the Titanic maritime heritage site.
A seven-week expedition will depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, late May 2018.
A new study on Palmyra Atoll by scientists at UC Santa Barbara and Florida International University found that human interaction–or diving–with sharks does not have long-term impact on shark behavior. This means that regulated shark diving tourism doesn’t clash with shark conservation goals.
The study used baited remote underwater video systems–cameras lowered to the ocean floor with a small amount of bait–to survey sharks and other predators from the surrounding reef.
Photo Credit: Reef sharks on Palmyra Atoll inspect the baited remote underwater video system. (Photo Credit: Darcy Bradley)