The unusual animals that inhabit the Gulf of California have adapted to a world of extreme conditions. The gulf's challenging environments include a large, shallow zone of oxygen-poor water, and the scalding, sulfuric outflow of hydrothermal vents. Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are visiting the Gulf of California from February to May of 2012 to study a diversity of topics, including marine biology, chemistry, and geology. MBARI's researchers filmed much of the footage in this video during their first visit to the gulf in 2003. Stay tuned for a forthcoming video of highlights from the 2012 Gulf of California expedition. You can read daily cruise logs and learn more about the 2012 expedition to this remote and unique location at http://www.mbari.org/expeditions/GOC12/index.html.Script and narration by Erin Loury, MBARI/UC Santa Cruz Intern
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