Oliver Steeds completed his 4 weeks Nekton Mission. Achieving something extraordinary is something all Cordon Rouge Club members are familiar with, and this underwater mission is no different. During this mission, Oliver and his team of scientists discovered a new biological hotspot on Argus Seamount, a submarine mountain 30 miles west of Bermuda. The Nekton Mission is the first to biologically document and sample the unexplored seamount with the latest scientific and filming equipment. They were able to capture unique images and footage of spectacular display.
The Nekton scientists undertook the XI Catlin Deep Ocean Survey which will allow marine biologists to use new standardised methodology for measuring physical, chemical and biological indicators to assess the function, health and resilience of the deep ocean.
In only the first week into the mission, Nekton completed over 40 transects from surface to seabed using submersibles and technical dive teams. The objective is scientific understanding and to maximise the global impact of its expeditions. Scientists from a dozen marine research institutions participated.
Oliver, who champions scientific research and education said, "The deep ocean is the beating heart of our planet and our most critically important ecosystem. Discoveries, like these on Argus Seamount, are evidence of how little we know and how important it is to document this unknown frontier to ensure that it's protected before it is too late."
Oliver will be speaking about his mission on 1st October at Selfridges Birmingham.
We raise a glass of MUMM to you, Oliver and wish you continued success with the Nekton mission! #DareWinCelebrate
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