Thursday, August 5, 2010

Northeast Channel

The Northeast Channel is a unique and extraordinary place in the Gulf of Maine. It is the largest and deepest entrance feature into the Gulf of Maine from the Atlantic Ocean. Here the seabed morphology becomes canyonized and the depth proceeds to get deeper, beginning at 400 meters to deepening to more than 1000 meters. This area has strong currents which makes it difficult to navigate the ROPOS on a straight path at times, but the imagery is worth it. A coral conservation area is located here - the area is home to large gorgonian corals, which grow very large and may topple over as a result of the strong currents. All these unique features provide stunning imagery during our ROPOS dives like those posed here.