Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.
The selection of images below highlights some of the observations and discoveries made during the 2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi expedition.
This is a story of Lee Fulton, my great uncle, and the common thread we share at this moment, literally and figuratively, 70 years apart.
March 9: Returning to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to Uncover its Many Deepwater Mysteries
The current expedition aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer has been particularly exciting, because it represents the third successive year that I have returned to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to explore the deep waters of this unique region.
Leaving Pearl Harbor, I was able to stand on upper decks of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and gaze down the same flight path that Capt. Joseph E. Hart, USN (Ret.), my step-grandfather, would have used on his approach to land his Navy aircraft on Ford Island. He was a proud naval aviator and served through the War of the Pacific in World War II.
Nine-thousand pounds of equipment. Over 3,000 feet of electrical wiring. Twenty LED lights. Nine video cameras. Depths of nearly four miles and pressures almost 600 times that at sea level. Impressively large numbers that describe just a few features of NOAA’s remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer—our portal to the deep sea.
Since leaving Pearl Harbor in Honolulu on February 25 and February 28, we had completed two successful dives using the remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) Deep Discoverer and Seirios.
The appearance of this animal was unlike any published records and was the deepest observation ever for this type of cephalopod.
Coral reefs of shallow tropical seas are rich in biodiversity. A single coral head may house as many as 10 or more species of tiny crabs and shrimps. But what happens in the cold, dark depths of the sea?
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