Deep Sea Canyons
Funnel to the Deep
On July 8, we explored Washington Canyon, located off the coast of Virginia within the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep-Sea Coral Protection Area. Canyons like this one in the mid-Atlantic link the shallower waters of the continental shelf to the deep sea, funneling sediment and organic carbon (food!) to deeper waters and creating potentially good habitat for a variety of animals…and indeed, we saw several of these animals during our dive!