We traveled to Cape Lookout Bight aboard the R/V Susan Hudson to sample sediment and test our homemade ROV. Along the way, we asked the research team to talk about their favorite marine ecosystems.
Let us know what your favorite marine ecosystems are in the comments below.
Ah, that lovely North Carolina underwater viz. Cape Hatteras Bight is rapidly becoming my favorite ecosystem, because it marks the line between temperate and subtropical waters in the West Atlantic and as a result pretty much any swimming organism that lives between Cape Cod and the Florida Keys can be found there. It’s no wonder North Carolina has some of the world’s best fishing. Now if only the visibility was ever better than five feet…
My personal favorite marine ecosystem would have to be kelp forests- especially those in the Monterey Bay. Maybe I’m biased because I’m lucky enough to live here, but it’s such an amazing environment. Otters, sea lions, leopard sharks, and tasty fish we can catch ourselves and eat. Not to mention, we’ve also got multiple species of whales, great whites, turtles, and a plethora of seabirds (pelicans being my favorite) out beyond the kelp. Can’t beat that!