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The Endeavour hydrothermal vents is home to unique, chemosynthesis-driven ecosystems and was designated as Canada's first deep-sea, marine protected area (MPA). It is also the location of possibly the WEIRDEST "site marker" in the deep-sea.
During early days of research at the Endeavour segment (part of the Juan de Fuca Ridge system), scientists from the University of Washington decided to honour their Alvin pilot. A life-size, plywood mannequin (5'6" or 1.67 m tall) of "Dudley" (.ocean.washington.edu/oc540/lec01-11/) was placed just away from newly discovered vents in the 1990s (~2000m / ~7000 ft depth).
Unfortunately, Dudley managed to break free from his original deployment location and has since 'spatially migrated' while being blasted with 300 deg C vent fluid causing substantial scorching and loss of limb.
Imagery courtesy of :
- Verena Tunnicliffe (web.uvic.ca/~verenat/tunnicliffe.html)
- CSSF-ROPOS (ropos.com/)