Check out THIS wesite! Some very cool science investigating cold seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. And my friend Jeremy is one of the expedition members!
The animal communities here are similar to those found at deep sea hydrothermal vents. The area is of particular interest because of the large reserves of hydrocarbons under these amazing biological communities. This expedition is to figure out how these communities work to help policy makers decide what kind of oil exploration can be done in the area. Very interesting stuff!