NSU Researchers Part of Team on Ambitious Expedition to Explore the Deep Sea

Journey Into Midnight Explores Deepest Parts of the Gulf of Mexico


Researchers from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography joined with colleagues from other research institutions to explore the water column in some of the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico.

Left to right Nathan Robinson, Sonke Johnsen, Tracey Sutton, Captain of the Pt Sur- Nick Allen, Edie Widder and Megan McCall gather around to watch the squid video.

The project – Journey Into Midnight: Light and Life Below the Twilight Zone is ran from June 8 – 22, 2019 and featured Dr. Tracey Sutton, Dr. Tamara Frank and graduate assistant Ruchao Quian from NSU – they were three of the 10 explorers on this voyage.

The team made some remarkable findings – which were featured in multiple media outlets across the country. You can read those stories below:

Giant Squid

Giant Shrimp

Giant Acanthephyra caught between 1,200 and 1,500 meters (3,937 and 4,921 feet) with the Tucker Trawl.

You can learn more about Journey Into Midnight: Light and Life Below the Twilight Zone ONLINE.

This site, created by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, contains a wealth of information about the research expedition, including biographical info on the explorers, a photo gallery of the strange and wonderful sea life found deep in the Gulf of Mexico and more.