In the Pentarius Project, not all of the science is done in the subs. In a partnership with the University of Florida, the team has arranged to collect and sample fish, isopods, and crustaceans at all points alongside our deep-sea exploration. The goal of this research is to search for new mutations and diseases among deep-sea and shallow-water invertebrates. These samples will help us understand what diseases exist in the deep ocean, how prevalent these diseases are, and where they might have originated.
While in Zamami for the test dives, team members Sam Wright and Patrick Boyle placed fish traps around the dive sites. After the successful test diving mission, the fish traps were pulled up while the mothership was untied from the mooring before heading back to Naha.
Check out the bounty:
Short on bait, Sam and Patrick still managed to collect a handful of isotopes and crustaceans. The samples were then dissected, photographed, and preserved for transportation to the lab at the University of Florida for DNA and disease analysis.
Here are some videos of what can be seen when the samples are put under the microscope: