Lionfish of Mona Passage

During the 2013 season the E/V Nautilus ventured to Puerto Rico, with some high hopes for exploration. As expected, we found an abundant population of lionfish: an invasive and problematic species in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Check out this awesome footage of lionfish in Mona Passage off the coast of Desecheo Island, and see how they interact with some of the indigenous species.

Source video copyright Ocean Exploration Trust.

ROV

What’s an ROV? An ROV is a remotely operated vehicle used by research teams as a submersible.

ROVs are tethered to ships. They are controlled by a remote either on ship or land.  They are powered by the ship. For the purpose of ocean exploration, the ROVs we use have high definition video cameras that record the live streaming video.