Wallpaper Calendar

For each month in 2021, we will post a wallpaper calendar for you to download to give your desktop a fresh look. At the end of each month, the image will be retired to the wallpaper collection without the calendar.

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February

This beautiful blue tube anemone, a ceriantharian, was observed while diving on an unnamed seamount in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument at about 1,757 meters (5,764 feet) deep during the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s 2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi expedition.

This beautiful blue tube anemone, a ceriantharian, was observed while diving on an unnamed seamount in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument at about 1,757 meters (5,764 feet) deep during the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s 2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi expedition.

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February's Exploration Highlights

February 1856 (day unknown)

William Thompson captured what many consider the first underwater photograph in Weymouth Bay, off the south coast of England.

February 15, 1954

Georges Houot and Pierre Willmin broke the deep dive record set by Auguste Piccard in the deep-sea submersible Trieste in 1953 when they dove to 4,050 meters (13,287 feet) in the Atlantic off the coast of Senegal, in West Africa, in the French research submersible FNRS-3, ushering in the era of manned untethered research submersibles.

February 16, 2017

OER and partners embarked on the 2017 American Samoa Expedition: Suesuega o le Moana o Amerika Samoa on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as part of the Campaign to Address Pacific Monument Science, Technology, and Ocean Needs.

February 17, 1977

Scientists exploring the seafloor along the Galápagos Rift in human occupied vehicle Alvin discovered the first known active hydrothermal vents and the unexpected life thriving around them.

February 21, 2018

The Seabed 2030 Project , a joint project of the Nippon Foundation and GEBCO (the General Bathymetry Chart of the Oceans) that aims to map 100% of the global ocean seabed by 2030, became operational.

February 23, 2015

OER and partners embarked on the first leg of the Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

February 24, 2014

OER and partners embarked on the first leg of the Exploration of the Gulf of Mexico 2014 expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

February 25, 2016

OER and partners embarked on the 2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as part of the Campaign to Address Pacific Monument Science, Technology, and Ocean Needs.

February 27, 2016

During the first operational dive of OER’s 2016 season, while exploring at depths of over 4,000 meters (2.5 miles) northeast of Necker Island in the Hawaiian Archipelago, scientists encountered “Casper,” a ghostlike octopod that has since been determined to be an undescribed species.


Interested in learning more? Browse our expeditions by year and read about NOAA's history of ocean exploration.