Kirsten Jakobsen: We encountered the craziest organisms in the Pelagic zone, i.e. the area of water between the surface and the ocean floor. These organisms are absolutely fascinating, no matter if they're deep-sea fish, mauve stingers or cephalopods. Many of these creatures are real designer animals, perfectly adapted to their environment. Filming at these depths is a challenge every time, such as when you want to capture illuminated and breathtaking images of a pelagic octopus to take back with you to the surface.
Kirsten Jakobsen: The area around the Azores is huge. Up until now we've been concentrating on ecologically relevant areas along the island slopes. But there are also more remote areas in the ocean around the Azores, such as the vent field or several seamounts. We plan on doing more dives in these areas over the coming years.
A few of these areas have been declared protected areas and belong to the Natura2000 protected areas network, such as the Menez Gwen hydrothermal vent field or the underwater volcano D. João de Castro, located between the islands of São Miguel and Terceira. Since very little or no research at all has been done in the deeper areas of these protected zones, both the government and the local research institutes are extremely interested in obtaining data from these areas.
We're still thinking about undertaking an expedition to the area around Madeira in 2018. This would be conducted in partnership with the local ocean research station.