SECRETS OF THE GULF EXPEDITION, MARCH 2007--BRINE SEEP AT EAST FLOWER GARDEN BANK
Following are images taken by the ROV Argus during the Secrets of the Gulf Expedition. These images show the area surrounding a brine seep at the base of East Flower Garden Bank. The super-saline water that is flowing from under the sea floor has created a concentrated brine lake and channel in which only certain bacteria are able to live. This "lake" and "river" within the ocean are only about 10 inches deep but have a very different habitat than their surroundings.
Additional expedition images can be viewed at the following links: