The Windows to the Deep 2018: Exploration of the Southeast U.S. Continental Margin expedition will include mapping operations and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives offshore Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Mapping and ROV operations will include, but are not limited to, unexplored areas of the Blake Plateau, Blake Ridge, Blake Escarpment, submarine canyons offshore of North Carolina, submerged cultural heritage sites, areas predicted to be suitable habitat for deep-sea corals and sponges, inter-canyon areas, and gas seeps.
All things permitting, we expect to be diving daily June 14 to July 1, from approximately 8:00 am to 4:30 pm ET, at depths ranging from 250 to 4,000 meters (820 to 13,124 feet). Tune in live via the video feeds below.
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.
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.
For Safari users: If the video is not loading, you may need to turn on the Flash plugin. Flash in Safari is turned off by default in many OSX install cases, the solution for this is to change the plugin preferences in the Safari browser; instructions to do so are available here: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/enabling-flash-player-safari.html .
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.