2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi






Mission Logs

Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

Highlight Images

Highlight Images

The selection of images below highlights some of the observations and discoveries made during the 2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi expedition.

March 14: Completing the Circle

March 14: Completing the Circle

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

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.

March 7: Paths of the Pacific

March 7: Paths of the Pacific

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.

March 5: The Engineering Team: Providing a Portal to the Deep Sea

March 5: The Engineering Team: Providing a Portal to the Deep Sea

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.

March 3: Kicking Off 2016 Hohonu Moana: Dive Status and Summary

March 3: Kicking Off 2016 Hohonu Moana: Dive Status and Summary

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.

March 2: Deep Discoverer Discovers a Very Deep, Ghostlike Octopod

March 2: Deep Discoverer Discovers a Very Deep, Ghostlike Octopod

The appearance of this animal was unlike any published records and was the deepest observation ever for this type of cephalopod.

February 28: Cozy on Corals, Snug in Sponges: Deep-sea Squat Lobsters and Shrimps

February 28: Cozy on Corals, Snug in Sponges: Deep-sea Squat Lobsters and Shrimps

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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