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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May

This swimming sea cucumber (Pelagothuria sp.) was seen at about 1,400 meters (4,593 feet) deep while exploring the water column around a seamount dubbed 'Keli'ihananui' in the Jarvis Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument during the 2017 Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin expedition.

This swimming sea cucumber (Pelagothuria sp.) was seen at about 1,400 meters (4,593 feet) deep while exploring the water column around a seamount dubbed "Keli'ihananui" in the Jarvis Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument during the 2017 Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin expedition.

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May's Exploration Highlights

May 2, 2016

During the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, the team discovered and documented a new active high-temperature “black smoker” vent field composed of multiple chimneys on the Mariana back-arc spreading center.

May 6, 2019

NOAA announced its selection of the University of Rhode Island, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Southern Mississippi, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Ocean Exploration Trust as partners in the NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute.

May 7, 2014

NOAA Ocean Exploration embarked on the East Coast Mapping expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

May 8, 2015

NOAA Ocean Exploration embarked on the Tropical Exploration 2015 expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, a journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean through the Panama Canal.

May 8, 2019

Scientists aboard NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown as part of the DEEP SEARCH 2019: Deep Sea Exploration and Research of Coral/Canyon/Cold Seep Habitats expedition discovered chemosynthetic vestimentiferan tubeworms while exploring methane cold seeps off the U.S. Southeast Coast, marking the first observation of tubeworms in that part of the Atlantic.

May 12, 2019

While conducting the seasonal shakedown and sea trials on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, scientists discovered a shipwreck that is likely the remains of a mid-19th century wooden sailing vessel.

May 16, 2009

During the Mendocino Ridge Mapping Shakedown Cruise on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, scientists used multibeam sonar for the first time to detect gas plumes rising from the seafloor, including one rising 1,400 meters (4,590 feet) from the seafloor at Mendocino Ridge off the coast of California.

May 18, 2013

During the 2013 ROV Shakedown and Field Trials in the U.S. Atlantic Canyons on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, the team deployed remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer for the first time.

May 22, 2018

NOAA Ocean Exploration and partners embarked on Windows to the Deep 2018: Exploration of the Southeast U.S. Continental Margin on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, the first expedition of the Atlantic Seafloor Partnership for Integrated Research and Exploration (ASPIRE) campaign.

May 24, 1876

HMS Challenger completed its historic round-the-world expedition, which is considered by many to be the first true oceanographic expedition.

May 24, 1989

NOAA designated Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of California as the eighth national marine sanctuary.

May 24, 2013

Government representatives from the European Union, Canada, and the United States signed the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation to align efforts to better understand the Atlantic Ocean and promote the sustainable management of its resources.

May 30, 2004

Scientists aboard NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown explored the sunken remains of the RMS Titanic to study the ship's rapid deterioration.

May 30, 2019

NOAA Ocean Exploration and partners embarked on Windows to the Deep 2019: Exploration of the Deep-sea Habitats of the Southeast United States on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as part of the Atlantic Seafloor Partnership for Integrated Research and Exploration (ASPIRE) campaign.


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