Mission – Malpelo

Malpelo is a protected area, a UNESCO world heritage site, a hot spot for marine life biodiversity.

2018 March 14 – 29

eDNA, identify species through their genetic code, UMR MARBEC IRD-UM-CNRS-IFREMER, Montpellier University, France.

Long term camera, camera rig on the sea floor between 10-20 meters for 36 hours at a time.  The footage from these cameras allow to identify species that exist in both daytime and nighttime environments  and to cross reference the footage with the results they get from filtering for EDNA.

Sharks tagging, Placing acoustic tags on the sharks to allow researchers to better define the migratory patterns of the animals and in turn, use the data to advocate for enlarged protected areas. Malpelo Foundation, Colombia.