The vessel Alucia shown here carries a submersible named Nadir. Whelpley joined the expedition to explore Exuma Sound in The Bahamas, a deep-sea region scientists know little about. The expedition was led by researchers with the Cape Eleuthera Institute and the Whitney Lab.
Q: What did you gain from this expedition that will inform your research?
"I’m honestly still in shock! Hours after returning to the boat, I was still shaking from adrenaline and today I’m struggling to explain how transformative this experience was. My understanding of the world we inhabit has completely changed. This experience made me fall in love with science and the natural world all over again.
Photos and video courtesy of OceanX, Cape Eleuthera Institute, Edith Widder and Meg Gilbert.