National Ocean Exploration Forum: Beyond the Ships: October 20-21, 2016 Seamounts are often remnants of extinct volcanoes and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Seamounts can be found in every world ocean basin and scientists estimate that there are more than 100,000 of them around the globe. The Hidden Ocean 2016 expedition followed the legacy of prior expeditions by assessing the biodiversity within the Arctic’s three major realms - the sea ice, the water column, and the seafloor. The Battle of the Atlantic expedition has come to a close. The expedition team was able to try new approaches and systems integrations while dodging tropical depressions and hurricanes to yield significant results that will contribute to our overall understanding of history and to protect these unique sites. During an Exploring Carolina Canyons expedition dive to explore habitats within Hatteras Canyon, the Sentry autonomous underwater vehicle collected more than 28,000 images ranging from soft substrates, vertical walls, and possible debris fields, as well as a variety of fishes, crustaceans, and coral assemblages.
This April 24, 2016 image made available by NOAA shows a bioluminescent jellyfish during a deepwater exploration of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument area in the Pacific Ocean near Guam and Saipan. Dives in the expedition ranged from 250 to 6,000 meters (820 feet to 3.7 miles) deep.

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On October 20 - 21, 2016, top ocean explorers meet to discuss the hinge of historic change in deep-sea exploration, from portable observatories to new marine vehicles.

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