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View images from the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during the Gulf of Mexico 2012 Expedition, follow the daily updates, mission logs, video and LIVE Video Feeds. NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research guides Okeanos Explorer, known as “America’s ship for ocean exploration,” as the ship travels the globe to map and characterize largely unknown areas of the ocean.

Scientists on board Okeanos Explorer use tools such a deepwater multibeam sonar mapping system and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) to explore at depths down to 4,000 meters. Images and high-definition video from ROVs are sent from the seafloor to the ship and to shore in real-time using a technology referred to as “telepresence.” Although Okeanos Explorer may be thousands of miles away, the scientists standing watch at shore-side "exploration command centers" throughout the country are able to help guide the ship through its mission. And the same seafloor images and video seen by scientists are streamed live into classrooms, newsrooms, and living rooms through high-speed Internet.

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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2008-2010 Slideshow Collection



View a slideshow of highlight images captured by the Little Hercules ROV on Leg III of the expedition, August 2010. View some of the stunning imagery collected by the Little Hercules ROV during its dives from July 2010. View a slideshow of the unique deep-sea coral communities found near the Naung Seamount and 'Target K'. Learn more about the NOAA Corps Officers working aboard Okeanos Explorer in this slideshow of images.

camera icon View a slideshow of highlight images captured by the Little Hercules ROV on Leg III of the expedition, August 2010.

camera icon View some of the stunning imagery collected by the Little Hercules ROV during its dives from July 2010.

camera icon View a slideshow of the unique deep-sea coral communities found near the Naung Seamount and 'Target K'.

camera icon Learn more about the NOAA Corps Officers working aboard Okeanos Explorer in this slideshow of images.

             
View a slideshow of images and biographies of the ROV Operations Team onboard the Okeanos Explorer. View a slideshow of images of the 'Celebrities of the Celebes Sea' from the June 30 dive on the Kawio Barat volcano. View a slideshow of images from the Okeanos Explorer Welcoming Ceremony in Bitung, Indonesia on June 23, 2010. View a slideshow of images from the Indonesian Research Vessel Baruna Jaya IV, partnering with the Okeanos Explorer for the INDEX 2010 Expedition.

camera icon View a slideshow of images and biographies of the ROV Operations Team onboard the Okeanos Explorer.

camera icon View a slideshow of images of the 'Celebrities of the Celebes Sea' from the June 30 dive on the Kawio Barat volcano.

camera icon View a slideshow of images from the Okeanos Explorer Welcoming Ceremony in Bitung, Indonesia on June 23, 2010.

camera icon View a slideshow of images from the Indonesian R/V Baruna Jaya IV, partnering with the Okeanos Explorer for the INDEX 2010 Expedition.

             
View an extraordinary highlight images slideshow from the Okeanos Explorer shakedown cruise offshore Kona, Hawaii in March 2010. View an extraordinary highlight images slideshow from the Okeanos Explorer shakedown cruise offshore Kona, Hawaii in March 2010.

View a slideshow of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 'Life at Sea' images.

View a slideshow of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer commissioning at Pier 66 in Seattle, WA.

camera icon View a slideshow of images from the Okeanos Explorer Virtual Tour.

camera icon View a slideshow of extraordinary highlight images from the Okeanos Explorer shakedown cruise offshore Kona, Hawaii in March 2010.

camera icon View a slideshow of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer "Life at Sea" images.

camera icon View a slideshow of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer commissioning at Pier 66 in Seattle, WA.

             

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2008-2010 Video Playlist



View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 10. View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 10. View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 9 View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 8

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View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 11.

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View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 10.

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View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 9.

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View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 8.

             
View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 6 View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 5 View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 3 View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 2

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View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 6.

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View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 5.

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View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 3.

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View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 2.

             
View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 1 View a video of the Little Hercules ROV during the vehicle's second dive down to Kawio Barat volcano. View a video of footage captured on June 29th during the first ROV dive of INDEX 2010 down to Kawio Barat volcano. View a video of the arrival of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer for its first port call in Bitung, Indonesia, during its maiden voyage.

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View some of the spectacular underwater footage captured by the Little Hercules ROV on July 1.

camera icon View a video of the Little Hercules ROV during the vehicle's second dive down to Kawio Barat volcano on June 30

camera icon View a video of footage captured on June 29th during the first ROV dive of INDEX 2010 down to Kawio Barat volcano.

camera icon View a video of the arrival of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer for its first port call in Bitung, Indonesia, during its maiden voyage.

             
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Video footage of a scleractinian hard coral, which may be 1,000 to 6,000 years old. Video footage of a deep-ocean sea spider measuring eight to 12 inches across. Video footage of a purple sea cucumber with a high 'spike' protruding from its dorsal section. Video footage of active vents at Kawio Barat submarine volcano.

camera icon Video footage of a scleractinian hard coral, which may be 1,000 to 6,000 years old.

camera icon Video footage of a deep-ocean sea spider measuring eight to 12 inches across.

camera icon Video footage of a purple sea cucumber with a high 'spike' protruding from its dorsal section.

camera icon Video footage of active vents at Kawio Barat submarine volcano.

             
Video footage of galatheid crabs feasting opportunistically on a pelagic catch. Video footage of a jellyfish initially encountered drifting with its tentacles extended, waiting to encounter prey. Video footage of a deep-sea chimaera captured by the Little Hercules ROV and Camera Platform. Video footage of a benthopelagic sea cucumber swimming in the near freezing waters of the abyss, about 3200 meters deep.

camera icon Video footage of galatheid crabs feasting opportunistically on a pelagic catch.

camera icon Video footage of a jellyfish initially encountered drifting with its tentacles extended, waiting to encounter prey.

camera icon Video footage of a deep-sea chimaera captured by the Little Hercules ROV and Camera Platform.

camera icon Video footage of a benthopelagic sea cucumber swimming in the near freezing waters of the abyss, about 3200 meters deep.

             
View a video podcast of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and it's multibeam mapping discovery on the Mendocino Ridge. NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer highlight video of extraordinary marine life offshore Kona, Hawaii. View a video of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer commissioning at Pier 66 in Seattle, WA. View a video of the Navy Stalwart class USNS Capable being converted into the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer at the Todd Pacific Shipyard.

camera icon View a video podcast of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and its multibeam mapping discovery on the Mendocino Ridge.

camera icon View an extraordinary highlight video of the marine life offshore Kona, Hawaii.

camera icon View a video of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer commissioning at Pier 66 in Seattle, WA.

camera icon View a video of the Navy Stalwart class USNS Capable being converted into the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer at the Todd Pacific Shipyard.

             
A virtual tour of the INDEX 2010 operating area and findings, using Ocean in Google Earth, part of a collaboration between NOAA and Google. 24 minute highlight video focusing on spectacular benthic footage from Leg 2 of the INDEX 2010 Exploration 32 minute highlight video showcasing some of the amazing seafloor imagery from Leg 3 of the INDEX 2010 Exploration.

 

 

camera icon A virtual tour of the INDEX 2010 operating area and findings, using Ocean in Google Earth, part of a collaboration between NOAA and Google.

camera icon 24 minute highlight video focusing on spectacular benthic footage from Leg 2 of the INDEX 2010 Exploration.

camera icon 32 minute highlight video showcasing some of the amazing seafloor imagery from Leg 3 of the INDEX 2010 Exploration.