A new ‘Ocean Tech Mission’ is launching in Bermuda next year to track down five ‘iconic’ marine species using a team of international experts. Headed by Dr Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, the Mission will use specialised underwater vehicles called REMUS to look for Tiger, Galapagos and Dusky sharks, Spotted-eagle Rays, Lionfish and Humpback whales.
It’s hoped that studying these ‘indicator’ species will help scientists to discover previously unknown habitats within the ocean environment. A documentary and various exhibitions will also be produced and is expected to reach over 45 million people around the world.
Ocean Tech Executive Director, Andrew Smith, says, “This project is a world first and could potentially revolutionise the way scientists study marine life all over the planet. We’ve chosen Bermuda because the island provides easy access to a large number of marine environments and species. It also has a relatively calm climate that should allow us to test and advance the capabilities of our unique vehicles. Bermuda has a steep history in advancing marine science, marine protection and research technologies so this also adds to its attractiveness as the Ocean Tech launch location.”