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We’re only one week into our expedition within the Monterey Bay Nationwide Marine Sanctuary aboard the E/V Nautilus and our workforce of scientists, engineers and ocean specialists have already got a transparent chief in our quest to select a theme track for our journey: Octopus’s Backyard by The Beatles.

It’s a simple winner after the 2 greatest discoveries to this point on this expedition have been octopuses—plenty of them. Our mission is to discover the Davidson seamount, a 7,000-foot tall mountain that rises from the seafloor about 80 miles off the coast of central California. The seamount’s highest peak is 4,000 ft beneath the floor, so our ROV dive to discover to seamount’s base final week took us to depths of at the very least 12,000 ft.

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