Monday, August 5, 2013
Research ship sets sail to study Pacific dead zone
A research ship funded by a Google executive has set sail from San Francisco to study a dead zone in the Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island. Dead zones in the ocean are a growing problem where areas of low-oxygen water are expanding because of pollution and climate change. Since we get most of our oxygen from the ocean, this needs to be addressed.
UVic has a deep sea web cam in place to study the ocean floor called VENUS: Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea. Now there appears to be a network of web cams in place called Neptune. The Venus web cam spotted an octopus that entered the dead zone but left to find an area with more oxygen.