Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific MPAs






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.

 

Sea stars are among some of the most ecologically important of marine invertebrates. Some are predators while others are scavengers, but they aren’t known for their rapid movements. So what behavior/structural features have evolved to keep them from being devoured?

March 24: Defenses in Sea Stars

Sea stars are among some of the most ecologically important of marine invertebrates. Some are predators while others are scavengers, but they aren’t known for their rapid movements. So what behavior/structural features have evolved to keep them from being devoured?

On March 20, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and crew had the rare opportunity to achieve one of the rarest of all Line Crossings, The Royal Order of Purple Porpoises. While in the area of Howland and Baker Islands at this particular time of year, the Okeanos will cross the junction of the Equator and International Dateline at the time of the Vernal Equinox.

March 20: Royal Order of Purple Porpoises

On March 20, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and crew had the rare opportunity to achieve one of the rarest of all Line Crossings, The Royal Order of Purple Porpoises. While in the area of Howland and Baker Islands at this particular time of year, the Okeanos will cross the junction of the Equator and International Dateline at the time of the Vernal Equinox.

At the start of the remotely operated vehicle dive at Pao Pao Seamount on March 10, scientists got incredible footage of two adult bluntnose sixgill sharks swimming together at a depth of 500 meters. As their name implies, sixgill sharks are distinguished by their six pairs of gills, whereas most sharks have only five pairs.

March 18: Getting to Know Sixgill Sharks

At the start of the remotely operated vehicle dive at Pao Pao Seamount on March 10, scientists got incredible footage of two adult bluntnose sixgill sharks swimming together at a depth of 500 meters. As their name implies, sixgill sharks are distinguished by their six pairs of gills, whereas most sharks have only five pairs.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is dependent on satellites to allow us to share our dives live with the world. For the Okeanos Explorer satcom system to work, the ship’s VSAT has to remain pointed directly at the satellite.

March 16: Where Did the Video Go?

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is dependent on satellites to allow us to share our dives live with the world. For the Okeanos Explorer satcom system to work, the ship’s VSAT has to remain pointed directly at the satellite.

If you tune into the live feeds and start watching early, sometimes you will see this weird rectangular object with colors and black bars. Have you ever wondered what this is for? It is called a Color Chip Chart.

March 14: Color Correcting in the Dark Abyss

If you tune into the live feeds and start watching early, sometimes you will see this weird rectangular object with colors and black bars. Have you ever wondered what this is for? It is called a Color Chip Chart.

What is the first thing you need when exploring a mysterious part of the ocean? What might you need before deploying expensive one-of-a-kind remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) into the deep sea? Well, good maps of the area of course!

March 11: Ocean Mapping: an Essential Part of Ocean Exploration

What is the first thing you need when exploring a mysterious part of the ocean? What might you need before deploying expensive one-of-a-kind remotely operated vehicles into the deep sea? Well, good maps of the area, of course!

The women on board the Okeanos Explorer during the Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific Marine Protected Areas expedition. These women represent all aspects of life at sea, from the officers, deck crew, engineers, support staff, and scientists.

March 8: Co-host of “Deep-sea TV” Discusses Life as a Woman at Sea

With a record number of women on board this expedition, what better way to celebrate National Women's History Month on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer than to interview one of the scientists leading the expedition? You may have heard her on the live feeds during previous expeditions and she is famous for coining the phrase “deep-sea TV.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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