I though you guys might find this interesting. Right now the research vessel and submarine are out at Hannibal Bank........
"Panama’s Coiba National Park, part of a major migration route for marine animals in the Tropical Eastern Pacific--from the Galapagos to Costa Rica’s Cocos Islands-- remains largely unexplored.
From Mar. 4-10, Mission Blue, founded by Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, environmental advocate and National Geographic ‘Explorer In Residence,’ will explore Hannibal Bank, the top of an undersea mountain near Coiba Island.
Mission Blue aims to use films, expeditions, the web and new submarines to create a campaign that ignites public support for a global network of marine protected areas—Hope Spots--large enough to save the blue heart of the planet.
Scientists from the Smithsonian and from Panama’s government research institute, INDICASAT-AIP, as well as representatives of Panama’s Environmental Authority, ANAM and Marine Resources Authority, ARAP join the expedition."
Link to SEA website's page on the expedition...... http://blog.sylviaearlealliance.org/...ba-panama.html
Link to Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's page with cool bathemetric map of Hannibal Bank.... https://www.stri.si.edu/index.php