An underwater expedition off B.C.'s coast reached its deepest dive on Monday, venturing to depths of 2,000 metres.

The journey is part of an expedition in partnership between Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ocean Networks Canada and the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation. Over two weeks, a team of scientists will take a closer look at Explorer Seamount, which at over two thousand kilometres-squared is Canada's largest underwater volcano, according to DFO.

Monday's dive encountered some ocean ridges, deep sea sea urchins, corals, sponges, deep water fish and pillow lava. 

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While some corals photographed during the dive may have appeared white, scientists on board explained that could be due to the camera's bright lights. 

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Along the course of its two-week trip, the crew has livestreamed footage, bringing ocean enthusiasts a closer look at resident animals, animal habitats, biodiversity, volcanic sediments, any human impacts and newly discovered seamounts. 

In Monday's dive and in future dives, viewers will also have a chance to direct questions to the scientists on the journey. 

In 2017, DFO identified a location off the coast of B.C. as an "area of interest," particularly because of its seafloor features, ecosystems and hydrothermal vents. The July expedition continues from where a 2018 trip left off, when underwater species were discovered in that region. 

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On this trip, the team is using a high-resolution drop camera with flood lights and sensors. The camera can be controlled from the ship and reach depths of 2,000 meters while delivering real-time images and ocean data. 

The team is completing daily dives between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. which can be watched on Pacific Seamounts Expedition's livestreaming page

All images captured from the Pacific Seamounts livestream on Monday, July 22. 

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