NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Gulf of Mexico 2017: November 29 - December 21

From November 29 through December 21, 2017, a team of scientists and technicians, both at-sea and shore-based, will conduct exploratory investigations into the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and associated marine communities in the Gulf of Mexico basin.

NOTE: All things permitting, live video of dives will be streamed daily online from November 30 - December 10, from ~ 8 am to 5 pm EST, and December 11 - December 20, from ~ 8 am to 5 pm CST.


Troubleshooting the Audio & Video Feeds | What Are You Seeing? | Who Are You Listening To?


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To increase the resolution of the video, once the video is playing, click on the settings "gear" at the bottom right corner of the screen and select the "720p HD" option.


Latest Status Updates from the Okeanos Explorer

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Troubleshooting the Audio & Video Feeds

Note regarding audio: Audio is only available during dives, when the ROVs are in the water. Live video will stream off the ship with audio from the ROV pilots and audio from the ship-to-shore science conversation. To hear more or less of one of these conversations, adjust the audio settings on your computer to shift the balance right or left, for more science and less pilots or vice versa. On a PC, you can do this through the "Speaker/Headphones" properties, which can be accessed by clicking on the speaker icon (next to the the clock) and then clicking on the "Levels" tab or by going to your Control Panel, selecting "Hardware and Sound," and selecting "Sound." On a Mac, select System Preferences, Sound, and Output.

If you continue to have difficulties, please contact us.

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What Are You Seeing?

When the Okeanos Explorer is underway on an expedition, this page will broadcast streams from the ship. What is being shown on the different video streams may change depending on the exploration and operations at hand; check the table below for information about the current display and/or the status updates above for information about operations.

Note that occassionally on the feeds, you will see two red dots – these laser points are 10 centimeters (almost four inches) apart and are used by scientists to determine the sizes of things that they are seeing.

View from the Starboard ROBO Camera. View from the Port ROBO Camera. Camera view from the NOAA ROV. Camera view from the Seirios Camera Sled.

Starboard ROBO Camera.

Port ROBO Camera.

Camera view from the Deep Discoverer ROV.

Camera view from the Seirios Camera Sled.

View from the Multibeam Acquisition Computer Screen. View from the Multibeam Acquisition Computer Screen. View from the Control Room Camera. View from the Dry Lab Camera.

Multibeam Acquisition Computer Screen.

Quad view from Okeanos Explorer.

Control Room Camera.

Dry Lab Camera.



Use of the live streams is an important component of the Okeanos Explorer’s mission. Depending on the exploration and operations at hand, content and availability of the video feeds will change. Tune in often to catch all the action aboard America's Ship for Ocean Exploration! All video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

All views and opinions expressed in this video feed are those of the speaker and are not attributable to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or other federal agency.



Related Links

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Exploring LIVE with the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer (pdf, 204 kb)

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All Okeanos Explorer Expeditions

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