Central California Exploration

Kicking off October, Nautilus will be further south of the Pacific Coast in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, again a vital eco system partially under threat from a January 2020 policy allowing bottom trawling for regional and local fisheries. The aim of this expedition is to create an informed study on which areas contain the most vulnerable sectors of coral and sea life. A key location of interest is a well known octopus nursery along the Davidson Seamount; nicknamed ‘The Oasis of The Deep’ it is the high peak area of a dormant volcano serving as a shallower area for sea life to thrive in otherwise vastly deeper waters.

Here’s a link to footage Nautilus captured of the octopus sanctuary back in 2018.