If you like Shark Week, you’ll LOVE Microbe Week. A lot of planning goes into our theme weeks at DSN.
Face it. This is a microbial world and they just let us live here. Beer, wine, cheese, bread, and Penicillin are not just the components of a hot date, but everyday examples of microbiology in action. Aerosol bacteria may even be responsible for the weather.
Last month, Greenpeace raised the bar for pro-active ocean exploration by an NGO to inform better ocean management by outfitting their own “green” vessel, the Esperanza, with two Deep Worker manned submersibles depth rated to 600m.
So, why would an environmental organization pilot a pair of manned submersibles through 2000 feet of water in the two largest submarine canyons in the world? Because it’s going to be a long time before federal agencies are willing to surrender the financing to secure a ship and submersibles. By that time the seafloor could be bottom trawled one hundred times over.
The following exclusive interview was conducted by Deep Sea News over email with John Hocevar, ocean specialist for the Greenpeace organization, and a sub-pilot for the 2007 Bering Witness expedition.
The following exclusive interview was conducted by Deep Sea news over email with Dr. David Guggenheim, submarine pilot and scientific advisor for the 2007 Bering Witness expedition. He is the founder of 1planet1ocean; and the OceanDoctor blog.