If you have an idea for a submersible-enabled endeavor that furthers science, education, or marine conservation, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Expeditions are strictly non-commercial, with no chartering fees or paying passengers. Expedition participants simply pay for their own expenses or split costs with others if mutually agreed. Our submersibles can be towed by a SUV and launched from regular boat ramps, we absolutely minimize the required support infrastructure.
The submersibles R300 and Nekton Gamma provided access to UC Davis graduate students from the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC). The California Tahoe Conservancy provided space for a base of operations on land. UC Davis and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency provided vessels for surface support of the submersibles. Research dives were done in Emerald Bay to study the abundance of Mysis shrimp, and at underwater mounts at the southern end of the lake to observe the impact of topographic features on the underwater habitat.
FLATHEAD LAKE, MONTANA
Flathead Lake is a large natural lake in northwest Montana, and is the largest natural freshwater lake by surface area west of the Missouri. On August 5-9, Nekton Gamma and Harold and the R300 will be used in conjunction with University of Montana Flathead Lake Bio Station (FLBS) researchers to better understand the substrate and biota in the littoral zone of Flathead Lake. Nekton Gamma will be used to take bottom samples at the mouth of the Flathead River for Chemical and algal analysis of substrate. A night dive is planned in Yellow Bay to study temporal vertical migration of Mysis shrimp. Other dive sites include Painted Rock, Woods Bay and Bird Island. The base of operation for the Expedition will be the FLBS facilities at Yellow Bay