ROV Ventana launch

Launching the ROV Ventana on board the research vessel Point Lobos. Launching and recovering a 2-ton, 10-foot long ROV (remotely operated vehicle) is a tricky business in the open waters of Monterey Bay. After literally thousands of dives, the crew is well-practiced at handling the ROV cable (which contains wires and optical fibre) so that it does not stretch or kink.

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