Ocean exploration is a dynamic and exciting field. New discoveries and explorations, advances in technology, and important findings in deep-ocean science happen every day. The items on this page capture big news in ocean exploration, not just at NOAA, but around the field. Check back regularly to stay on top of the ever-changing world of deep-ocean exploration or visit the archive for past stories.
May 14, 2021 | NASA
Terrain-relative navigation helped Perseverance land – and Ingenuity fly – autonomously on Mars. Now it’s time to test a similar system while exploring another frontier. On May 14, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Okeanos Explorer will depart from Port Canaveral in Florida on a two-week expedition led by NOAA Ocean Exploration, featuring the technology demonstration of an autonomous underwater vehicle. Called Orpheus, this new class of submersible robot will showcase a system that will help it find its way and identify interesting scientific features on the seafloor.
May 13, 2021 | WIRED
WE LOVE DEEP-SEA science here at WIRED, and we have the coverage to prove it. From mysterious, barely visible fish and high-tech deep sea submersibles to virtual reality tours of the ocean floor and ocean conservation challenges, it's safe to say we like thinking about the worlds that exist beneath the sea and what worlds may await us in the watery depths beneath the ice of Jupiter's moon, Europa, and Saturn's moon, Enceladus.
May 13, 2021 | Deeper Blue
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will begin a major expedition this week, exploring the deep waters off the US East Coast and testing new technologies. From May 14th to May 27th, scientists aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will conduct the 2021 Technology Demonstration, traveling from Cape Canaveral, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia.
May 13, 2021 | Space.com
A new deep-sea exploration technology that could one day search for life in subsurface oceans on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn will be put to test during a two-week demonstration expedition aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship.
May 12, 2021 | Marine Technology News
Robert Ballard, world-renowned pioneer in deep-ocean exploration, opens up as never before with a highly personal memoir "Into the Deep". In an interview with Marine Technology Reporter on the day the book hit the shelf, Ballard discusses his dyslexia, his family and the cavalcade of discoveries and technologies that have opened up the world of ocean exploration.
May 12, 2021 | CNN
An unusual fish with teeth as sharp as glass and a body shaped like a football washed ashore on a California beach last week. The black colored creature with its gaping mouth laid on the sand on the shore of Crystal Cove State Park's Marine Protected Area in Laguna Beach last Friday. The park shared images of the fish on social media and identified it as being most likely the Pacific Football Fish.
May 11, 2021 | BBC
Scientists say we now have the most precise information yet on the deepest points in each of Earth's five oceans. The key locations where the seafloor bottoms out in the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Southern oceans were mapped by the Five Deeps Expedition.
May 6, 2021 | Mashable
During a recently completed 18-day expedition in the protected Ashmore Reef Marine Park (off of Australia), scientists aboard a Schmidt Ocean Institute exploration vessel dropped an underwater robot into deep, low-light depths. At some 165 to 500 feet down (50-150 meters), it observed otherworldly corals, sea snakes, and a diversity of sea creatures, shown in the eight images below.
May 6, 2021 | CNN
In a career that's spanned more than 60 years, Robert Ballard has conducted over 150 underwater expeditions and made countless significant scientific discoveries. But the renowned oceanographer says he's made peace with the fact that he will probably always be known as "the man who found Titanic."
April 28, 2021 | IFL Science
Wildlife photography is a notoriously difficult art form, requiring patience, stamina, and serendipitous timing. A recent Twitter thread demonstrated the perils of life in the field, as did the BBC’s A Perfect Planet as it sent camera operators to some of the most inhospitable habitats on Earth. Things only get harder as you move underwater, though a recent spike in recreational blackwater diving has allowed marine scientists to lay eyes on the living artwork that is some of the ocean’s residents’ larval forms.
April 27, 2021 | The Conversation
The deepest regions of the oceans still remain one of the least explored areas on Earth, despite their considerable scientific interest and the richness of lifeforms inhabiting them.
April 26, 2021 | E&E News
NOAA has gone without a permanent, Senate-confirmed leader for more than four years, the longest stretch in the agency's history. President Biden is now moving to fill the job with a scientist deeply familiar with its operations: Richard "Rick" Spinrad, who retired in 2016 as NOAA's chief scientist and currently works as a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University.
April 25, 2021 | NPR
President Biden is nominating Rick Spinrad to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the government's premier agency on climate science which oversees the National Weather Service.
April 23, 2021 | Science Daily
Corals and sponges are important foundations in ocean ecosystems providing structure and habitats that shelter a high number of species like fish, crabs and other creatures, particularly in the seamounts and canyons of the deep sea. Researchers have discovered that when it comes to climate change not all deep-sea corals and sponges are affected the same and some could be threatened if average ocean temperatures continue to increase in the deep sea of the Northwest Atlantic.
April 21, 2021 | Vox
Let’s dive down into the ocean. Start by imagining you’re floating on the surface, basking in the sun of a hot day. Next, dive. First 50 meters. Then 100 meters. Then 150 meters. (In this imaginary exercise, you have amazing, inhuman lungs.) At the beginning of the dive, you’re in the ocean’s epipelagic, or sunlight zone: the shallow waters where light still penetrates and photosynthetic organisms live. But as you dive deeper and deeper, the sunlight above you fades. The ocean around you gets darker and darker, colder and colder.
April 20, 2021 | Monterey Herald
Northern California’s most-celebrated deep sea explorers are about to get a new ride. Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Tuesday announced plans to build a new $50 million state-of-the-art flagship vessel, named the David Packard, in honor of the Silicon Valley pioneer who co-founded Hewlett-Packard and in later life used much of his fortune to explore and preserve the world’s oceans.
April 15, 2021 | The Tyee
Late last summer, a team of scientists from the University of British Columbia tracked southern and northern resident killer whales off the B.C. coast using cutting-edge technology that opened a new window into the lives of these charismatic creatures.
April 15, 2021 | Forbes
The Earth could have been called Planet Ocean. In fact, oceans are our planet’s largest life support system. About 70% of the planet’s surface is covered by water, and 97% of this water is found in the oceans. In addition, ocean currents govern the world’s weather and its dependent biomes. For centuries, a planetary equilibrium in the ocean’s overturning circulation (the flow of warm, salty water in upper layers of the ocean, and the opposite flow of cold water in lower layers) created stable conditions for the atmosphere and made life possible below water – and on land.
April 14, 2021 | World Economic Forum
Scientists and planners are increasingly turning to digital technology to save the ocean. Data is needed to map and monitor ocean conditions, assess the impacts of climate change, warn about ocean-related natural disasters, and manage the ocean’s valuable economic and ecological resources.
April 9, 2021 | BBC News
Ocean scientists around the world are studying the "unique moment" of quiet created by the pandemic. The researchers have called their vast listening experiment: The year of the quiet ocean. "Lockdown slowed global shipping on a scale that would otherwise be impossible," explained Prof Peter Tyack from the University of St Andrews. The scientists plan to listen to the ocean soundscape before, during and after lockdown.
April 8, 2021 | USA Today
With only nine months left until he pilots a history making mission to space, real estate investor and philanthropist Larry Connor has another groundbreaking piece of exploration to take care of. He is scheduled to make two dives to the deepest part of the ocean at more than 35,000 feet.
April 7, 2021 | NASA
Long before NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on the Red Planet on Feb. 18, one of its highest-level mission goals was already established: to seek out signs of ancient life on the Martian surface. In fact, the techniques used by one of the science instruments aboard the rover could have applications on Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Titan as well Jupiter’s moon Europa.
April 2, 2021 | IFL Science
A recent study has paid tribute to one of the natural sciences’ most iconic duos: blackwater photographers and ocean scientists. Together, they have shed literal and figurative light on some of the alien-like ocean babies that are milling around the murky depths, by combining photographs with specimen investigations in a study recently published in the journal BioOne Complete. Their combined efforts revealed, in stunning detail, some of the bizarre morphologies and behaviors of larval fishes – including one who rides jellies like an epipelagic cowboy.
April 1, 2021 | Universe Today
Underneath its shell of ice, the globe-spanning ocean of Enceladus isn’t sitting still. Instead, it might possibly host massive ocean currents, driven by changes in salinity.
April 1, 2021 | Science: The Wire
Google, BMW, AB Volvo Group and Samsung SDI are the first global companies to sign up to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) call for a moratorium on deep–sea mining, likely shrinking the potential market for deep–sea minerals harvested for our cars and smartphones.
March 30, 2021 | Marine Technology News
SOI acquired a 10-year-old high specification offshore vessel recently, which will go under conversion at a shipyard in Spain and be ready for ocean exploration in 2022.
March 29, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Here on Earth, we have more detailed maps of Mars than of our own ocean, and that’s a problem. A massive force for surviving climate change, the ocean absorbs 90% of the heat caused by emissions and generates 50% of the oxygen we breathe. “We have the ocean to thank for so many aspects of our safety and well-being,” says Dawn Wright, oceanographer and chief scientist at geographic information system (GIS) provider Esri, who notes the ocean also provides renewable energy, a major food source, and a transportation corridor for not only ships but submarine internet cables.
March 29, 2021 | Marine Technology News
During recent decades, progress in subsea exploration has increased significantly, especially with the advancement of underwater vehicles, whether autonomous, remotely operated, manned or otherwise. Sound has moved to the forefront of ocean exploration in past years thanks to its speed underwater—it travels almost five times faster than in the air. Audio samples can be caught with hydrophones that can pick up sounds from hundreds of miles away, whether they come from marine life, human interference or movement within the Earth’s surface.
March 25, 2021 | The Cordova Times
Legislation before Congress reintroduces the National Ocean Exploration Act, which would authorize the National Ocean Mapping, Exploration and Characterization Council, updating priorities for ocean studies.
March 24, 2021 | Arizona State University News
Scientists from Arizona State University, who are a part of the Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog (SUBSEA) program, have pioneered a new approach to the scientific process of geochemical exploration for our Earth and beyond.
March 23, 2021 | Marine Technology News
Today, the Board of Trustees of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership announced the appointment of Dr. Alan Leonardi as president and CEO, effective May 24, 2021.
March 18, 2021 | UPI
For the first time, scientists have documented biofluorescent fish in the Arctic. Researchers spotted snailfish glowing red and green in the icy waters off the coast of Greenland.
March 16, 2021 | The Verge
Vast amounts of ancient Martian water may have been buried beneath its surface instead of escaping into space, scientists report in the journal Science. The findings, published Tuesday, may help untangle a clash of theories seeking to explain the disappearance of Mars’ water, a resource that was abundant on the planet’s surface billions of years ago.
March 12, 2021 | Phys.org
A team led by scientists from Cardiff University has, for the first time, been able to track the development of the largest and least understood habitat on Earth.
March 11, 2021 | Discover
Just off the southeast coast of the United States, there lies a span of ocean that’s long held a fearsome reputation. Ships traversing its choppy breadth disappear without a trace. Flights routed above the waters blink from radar screens, never to be seen again. The mysterious happenings have conjured stories of supernatural interference, alien kidnappings and an area somehow outside the normal bounds of physical reality. The Bermuda Triangle, it’s said, is a haunted place.
March 10, 2021 | New Scientist
There is an abundance of weird and wonderful life in the depths of the sea – and The Brilliant Abyss by Helen Scales is an excellent introduction to it.
March 9, 2021 | Singularity Hub
While all eyes were on the dramatic descent of NASA’s Perseverance rover last month, a team sent a robot into another alien world, one closer to home: the deep sea.
March 9, 2021 | McGill Tribune
Despite covering more than two thirds of Earth’s surface, the ocean remains notoriously unexplored. In fact, the American budget for ocean exploration is 150 times smaller than that for space exploration, which has successfully captured cultural and public imagination for decades. While the moon’s surface has been mapped to a resolution of seven metres and that of Mars to six metres, the best maps of the ocean only have a resolution of slightly over one kilometre.
March 4, 2021 | Eos
An expanded nonmilitary hydrophone network provides new opportunities to understand the variability and trends of ocean sound and the effects of sound on marine organisms.
March 4, 2021 | Science
A comprehensive survey of corals has turned up billions of colonies across the Pacific Ocean. The work—based on actual head counts, satellite data, and informed estimates—suggests many species are not in immediate danger of extinction, and the census could help conservationists and policymakers make better decisions about how to protect reefs.
March 4, 2021 | Phys.org
The oceans are becoming more acidic because of the rapid release of carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by anthropogenic (human) activities, such as burning of fossil fuels. So far, the oceans have taken up around 30% of all anthropogenic CO2 released to the atmosphere. The continuous increase of CO2 has a substantial effect on ocean chemistry because CO2 reacts with water and carbonate molecules. This process, called 'ocean acidification,' lowers pH, and calcium carbonate becomes less available. This is a problem for calcifying organisms, such as corals and molluscs, that use calcium carbonate as the main building blocks of their exoskeleton.
March 3, 2021 | Nature
A self-powered robot inspired by a fish can survive the extreme pressures at the bottom of the ocean’s deepest trench, thanks to its soft body and distributed electronic system – and might enable exploration of the uncharted ocean.
March 3, 2021 | CNN
Scientists have taken the first ever photos of a glow-in-the-dark shark producing its own light. The kitefin shark, Dalatias licha, is the world's largest known bioluminescent vertebrate, growing to nearly six feet in length.
March 1, 2021 | Soundings
Eighty-one percent of the world’s oceans are still unmapped, but a California-based company is hoping to change that by using unmanned sailboats. Saildrone, which is based in Alameda, just launched its first 72-foot, remote-controlled, unmanned sailboat, the Saildrone Surveyor, into San Francisco Bay.
March 1, 2021 | Lost Coast Outpost
His fixation with gadgetry and exploration started at an early age. In middle school, when he wasn’t playing in the woods or along the beaches in Trinidad, he was tinkering with his ham radio as a member of the Humboldt Amateur Radio Club. By the time he was a senior at McKinleyville High, he was competing in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s underwater robotics competition.
March 1, 2021 | Deeper Blue
The US Ocean Exploration Advisory Board will hold a virtual meeting next month to talk about its priorities under the new Biden administration.
February 25, 2021 | Anchorage Press
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) in reintroducing the National Ocean Exploration Act. The bill would authorize the National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Council, update national priorities for ocean mapping, exploration, and characterization, and direct the Council to coordinate and facilitate activities across federal and non-federal entities to advance those priorities.
February 25, 2021 | CBS News
An influential current system in the Atlantic Ocean, which plays a vital role in redistributing heat throughout our planet's climate system, is now moving more slowly than it has in at least 1,600 years. That's the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience from some of the world's leading experts in this field.
February 25, 2021 | The Maritime Executive
Gravity waves, not to be confused with gravitational waves, form when air is pushed up and gravity pulls the air back down. On its way down, air displaces ocean water, forming waves that look like vertical channels. There are different types of gravity waves.
February 23, 2021 | Robb Report
Triton’s new 13000/2 TE, standing for Titanic Explorer, is designed to be the deepest-diving, acrylic-pressure-hulled submersible ever produced. It also is the first with retractable Gull Wings. The TE was named following the 2019 exploration by a Triton of the RMS Titanic. It was the first manned mission to visit the Titanic in 14 years.
February 17, 2021 | Science Alert
The way that the songs of fin whales echo back from the seabed could become a useful tool for scientists studying the sediment and rock that make up Earth's crust, according to new research carried out in the northeast Pacific Ocean.
February 16, 2021 | Freightwaves.com
Newport, Rhode Island, has been chosen as the future homeport for a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel being built for the agency. Discoverer will be a state-of-the-art ship that operates off the coasts of the U.S. and its territories around the nation to study and explore the oceans.
February 11, 2021 | Gizmodo
Some whale songs can give scientists valuable information about the ocean’s geography, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. What’s more, their songs can be used as a form of seismic testing, which uses blasts of sound to map out the ocean floor. Forms of this technology can be harmful to whales and other marine life.
February 11, 2021 | BBC
A mission to study a moon of Jupiter that could be home to extra-terrestrial life has been given a launch date. Nasa is sending a spacecraft to the icy world of Europa, which holds an ocean under its frozen outer shell. Scientists have long regarded the moon as one of the most promising targets in the search for life elsewhere in our Solar System. The Europa Clipper spacecraft will now launch to the jovian moon in October 2024, arriving in April 2030.
February 6, 2021 | Robohub
Most of the ocean is unknown. Yet we know that the most challenging environments on the planet reside in it. Understanding the ocean in its totality is a key component for the sustainable development of human activities and for the mitigation of climate change, as proclaimed by the United Nations. We are glad to share our perspective about the role of soft robots in ocean exploration and offshore operations at the outset of the ocean decade (2021-2030).
February 4, 2021 | The University of Southern Mississippi
NOAA and The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) signed a 10-year agreement today to collaborate on ways to improve how uncrewed systems (UxS) are used to collect important ocean observation data and augment NOAA’s operational capabilities. The agreement provides a framework for collaborating with NOAA scientists and UxS operators on projects to further UxS research, development and operations.
February 2, 2021 | WorkBoat
Newport, R.I., has been chosen as the future homeport for a new NOAA oceanographic research vessel being built for the agency. Discoverer will be a state-of-the-art ship that operates around the nation and the world to study and explore the ocean.
January 29, 2021 | Pew
A team of 20 scientists from the Australian Antarctic Program left Hobart, Tasmania, today to spend two months working in the Southern Ocean off East Antarctica aboard the research vessel Investigator—one of the few research missions over the past year that haven’t been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
January 28, 2021 | Live Science
The Atlantic Ocean is getting wider, shoving the Americas to one side and Europe and Africa to the other. But it’s not known exactly how. A new study suggests that deep beneath the Earth’s crust, in a layer called the mantle, sizzling-hot rocks are rising up and pushing on tectonic plates — those rocky jigsaw pieces that form Earth's crust — that meet beneath the Atlantic.
January 21, 2021 | SciTechDaily
It may not be very well known, but the Arctic Ocean leaks enormous amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane. These leaks have been ongoing for thousands of years but could be intensified by a future warmer ocean. The potential for this gas to escape the ocean, and contribute to the greenhouse gas budget in the atmosphere, is an important mystery that scientists are trying to solve.
January 21, 2021 | New Atlas
Saturn’s moon Titan is one of the most fascinating bodies in the solar system, not least because it’s home to huge oceans, lakes and rivers of liquid methane. Now scientists have used radar to probe the composition and depth of its largest sea, Kraken Mare, and estimated it to be at least 300 m (1,000 ft) deep.
January 18, 2021 | Wired
If you happen to be crossing the San Francisco Bay or Golden Gate bridges this week, look for a massive surfboard with a red sail on top cruising slowly across the water. Don’t flinch if you don’t see anyone on board. It’s actually an autonomous research vessel known as the Saildrone Surveyor and it’s being steered remotely from shore.
January 12, 2021 | Hydro International
Jyotika Virmani was executive director of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE before she entered Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), also as executive director. Two positions at the forefront of state-of-the-art and new technological developments and discoveries, shaping both the future of ocean research and a sustainable future for the oceans, forming the perfect job switch. Hydro International spoke with Jyotika Virmani about SOI and other ambitious projects that are helping to save the ocean. First of all, Virmani explained how she landed the position with the non-profit foundation that Eric and Wendy Schmidt started back in 2009.
January 12, 2021 | URI Today
When Adam Soule begins work at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography later this month, he will not only become a professor of oceanography, but he will take the reins of one of the largest research initiatives in the University’s history.
December 31, 2020 | The Independent
Scientists are “pinging” in the New Year off the coast of Australia with a sonar wave project to launch a decade of ocean exploration. The Falkor research vessel is gathering the first seafloor data of 2021 by sending sonar waves to “ping” off the ocean floor at midnight on December 31, the first stake in a global effort to map the bottom of the seas by 2030.
December 28, 2020 | BBC News
Almost five years of studying the deep Atlantic in unprecedented detail has revealed 12 species new to science. The sea mosses, molluscs and corals had eluded discovery because the sea floor is so unexplored, scientists say.
December 23, 2020 | Mashable
This spring, over 2,000 feet down in the Indian Ocean, a robot exploring a canyon happened upon a fantastical, loosely coiled creature. The siphonophore, found suspended in the water, might be the longest animal ever discovered. It's well over 150 feet in length.
December 23, 2020 | Eos
Remote sensing technology proves effective in monitoring key regions of the world’s oceans, where upwelling and other essential ecosystem services occur.
December 17, 2020 | New York Times
Take one look at a ghost shark and you may say, “What’s up with that weird-looking fish?” Over the past few decades, scientists learned that these cartilaginous fishes, also known as ratfish or Chimaeras, have been around for hundreds of millions of years, and that they have venomous spines in front of their dorsal fins and “fly” through the water by flapping their pectoral fins. They even learned that most male ghost sharks have a retractable sex organ on their foreheads that resembles a medieval mace.
December 11, 2020 | Discover Magazine
Crouched in the rocky confines of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, an icy sphere the size of Texas has been hiding a secret. This dwarf planet, called Ceres, is actually an ocean world, astronomers revealed in 2020. And it’s far from the only one: Scientists have found the best evidence yet that Pluto (also located in a distant part of the solar system strewn with small space rocks) has an active underground ocean, as well.
December 9, 2020 | Tech Explorist
Many of the natural resources are on the ocean floor in places we have yet to find. For that purpose, ocean exploration is necessary. Currently, automated vehicles, sonar, and satellites, with varying advantages and disadvantages, are being used for ocean exploration. Now, scientists at RIKEN are developing a completely different system that relies on electric rays’ natural swimming behavior and sting rays.
December 3, 2020 | Fox News
Scientists have discovered a new blob-like species of ctenophore, or comb jelly, off Puerto Rico. The creature, named Duobrachium sparksae, was first spotted during a 2015 dive led by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
December 3, 2020 | Phys.org
At what depth beneath the seabed does it become so hot that microbial life is no longer possible? This question is the focus of a close scientific cooperative effort between the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and MARUM—Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen. An expedition by the drilling program IODP (International Ocean Discovery Program) in 2016 has provided new insights into the temperature limits of life beneath the ocean floor. The findings have now been published by the international team in the professional journal Science.
December 2, 2020 | BBC
Far from land, deep sea mining trials have left barren marks that are still there decades later, and as Richard Fisher writes, they symbolise two different timescales colliding.
December 1, 2020 | Gizmodo
Never underestimate the power of one cell. That’s how many cells foraminifera—little sea creatures with striking shells—have. But boy can they do a lot with it. They’re the world’s tiniest geochemists, tinkering with the ocean.
November 25, 2020 | Science Alert
Before we start mining for precious metals in the darkness of the deep sea, we might try switching on the light first and observing our surroundings. In this seemingly isolated abyss, at deeper than 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) below sea level, scientists were able to coax a massive swarm of 115 cutthroat eels (Ilyophis arx) out of the shadows and into the light, and with only a relatively small package of bait.
November 25, 2020 | Science Robotics
More than 95% of Earth’s water is in oceans; however, much of it remains unexplored. Studies calling for global-scale datasets to model ocean basin–scale ecosystems (1) have led to improvements in how often and from where we sample a frontier in ocean exploration. Developments in concurrent sampling of the environmental variables with in situ measurements and acquiring filtered samples for ex situ analysis are also expected to lead to a more detailed characterization of ocean biochemistry.
November 21, 2020 | Visual Capitalist
Today’s unique map from cartographer Andrew Douglas-Clifford (aka The Map Kiwi) focuses on ocean territory instead of land, highlighting the vast areas of the ocean floor that remain unmapped. Which countries are exploring their offshore territory, and how much of the ocean floor still remains a mystery to us? Let’s dive in.
November 20, 2020 | CBS News
China livestreamed footage of its new manned submersible parked at the bottom of the Mariana Trench on Friday, part of a historic mission into the deepest underwater valley on the planet. The "Fendouzhe", or "Striver", descended more than 33,000 feet into the submarine trench in the western Pacific Ocean with three researchers on board, state broadcaster CCTV said.
November 15, 2020 | La Jolla Light
A research team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla has returned from an 11-day excursion exploring the depths of the ocean, and Lisa Levin, one of its leaders, said the mission was successful.
November 12, 2020 | Gizmodo
Why leave Earth in search of aliens when you can just dive right into our oceans? No doubt, the seas are filled with all sorts of oddities that often defy description, from incomprehensibly shaped comb jellies through to gigantic isopods that more rightly belong in a 1960s B-picture. Case in point, these 12 bizarro sea animals, all of which will have you questioning reality.
November 11, 2020 | CNN
China has broken its own record for deepest manned dive into the world's oceans, sinking an estimated 10,909 meters (35,790 feet) into the Mariana Trench, state-run news agency Xinhua said.
November 5, 2020 | Popular Science
NASA is planning a new crewed trip to the Moon, but there’s somewhere almost equally mysterious here on Earth that scientists are working to learn more about: the deep ocean. Dark, cold, and hard to reach, the deeps are Earth’s biggest biome, containing strange-looking fish and other organisms, many species of which have never been scientifically identified.
November 5, 2020 | Naval News
The Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI), funded by NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) recently signed a purchase contract to acquire a DriX Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) from high-tech company iXblue.
November 2, 2020 | New Atlas
MIT scientists have developed an acoustic system that acts like an underwater GPS, yet doesn't need batteries to operate. The Underwater Backscatter Localization (UBL) system is powered by reflecting modulated audio signals to generate binary impulses.
October 30, 2020 | Live Science
Scientists have captured rare footage of a teeny, tiny squid swimming near the Great Barrier Reef; the squid is the only living member of its genus and has never before been observed alive and in its natural habitat.
October 29, 2020 | Science Magazine
A single drop of seawater holds millions of phytoplankton, a mix of algae, bacteria, and protocellular creatures. Across the world’s oceans these photosynthesizing microbes pump out more than half of the planet’s oxygen, while slowing climate change by capturing an estimated 25% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released from humanity’s burning of fossil fuels. But the scale of this vital chemistry is mostly a guess, and there’s little sense of how it will change as temperatures rise. “What’s happening out there? We have no idea really,” says Susan Wijffels, a physical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
October 29, 2020 | San Diego Tribune
A scientific cruise this week will explore life forms on seamounts and ridges off Southern California, in order to map out those ecosystems before commercial activities take place there.
October 29, 2020 | Maritime Executive
The National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization Council (NOMEC Council), a group of federal agencies established to carry out the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone, is requesting your input on developing an Implementation Plan and setting strategic priorities for the effort to map the entire U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by 2040 and explore and characterize strategic areas.
October 26, 2020 | Marine Technology News
Scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef, the first to be discovered in over 120 years, Schmidt Ocean Institute announced.
October 16, 2020 | SciTechDaily
New research published in Nature Communications Earth & Environment today (October 16, 2020) uses data from two sustained open-ocean hydrographic stations in the North Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda to demonstrate recent changes in ocean physics and chemistry since the 1980s. The study shows decadal variability and recent acceleration of surface warming, salinification, deoxygenation, and changes in carbon dioxide (CO2)-carbonate chemistry that drives ocean acidification.
October 16, 2020 | Science Alert
Global warming is beginning to penetrate even the deepest parts of our oceans. While the surfaces of these vast bodies of water have absorbed the vast majority of human-induced warming, as sea water circulates, the worrisome changes are slowly making their way downward.
October 15, 2020 | Eos
Jellyfish and sea salps aren’t getting the credit they deserve for their role in ocean carbon cycling, according to a new study.
October 15, 2020 | Science News for Students
Last October, a team of marine explorers sent Hercules — a remote-controlled vehicle — to the bottom of the ocean. Its mission: to visit an octopus neighborhood. It was off the coast of central California, near an undersea volcano. Late one night, after scanning a long stretch of empty seafloor, Hercules’ spotlight and camera revealed a parade of curious creatures. First was a slender bottom-feeder called an eelpout. It was half-buried in the sediment. Then came a sea pig — a squishy thing that looks like a living pink balloon, but with tentacles.
October 13, 2020 | The Hill
The largest Arctic science expedition, led by the German research ship the Polarstern, has ended, with the ship docking back home in Germany after 13 months at sea. With assistance from roughly 300 scientists affiliated with the funding body the Alfred Wegener Institute, the mission recovered invaluable data regarding the Arctic environment, but reached a saddening conclusion: The Arctic is still melting.
October 9, 2020 | URI Today
The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography is holding a national competition to select a name for a new National Science Foundation-owned Regional Class Research Vessel which will homeport at the URI Narragansett Bay Campus.
October 1, 2020 | Hakai Magazine
In the northeast Pacific, the upper 3,000 meters of water has lost 15 percent of its oxygen over the past 60 years, and the top 500 meters is simultaneously becoming more acidic at an unprecedented rate, a study by Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists has found.
September 24, 2020 | PR Web
The Marine Technology Society (MTS) and The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) are proud to announce that Dr. Edie Widder is the inaugural recipient of the Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration. Dr. Widder is an MTS member, MacArthur Fellow, a deep-sea explorer, and conservationist who combines expertise in oceanographic research and technological innovation with a commitment to reversing the worldwide trend of marine ecosystem degradation.
September 24, 2020 | Business Wire
AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles announced an upcoming webinar with three of the top female explorers and scientists in the field of ocean exploration and conservation. The webinar will be focused on the role these women played in breaking barriers in their field.
September 24, 2020 | Salamanca Press
OceanX today unveiled its new one-of-a-kind scientific research, media production, and exploration vessel, the R/V OceanXplorer. Designed and built to be the most advanced combined marine research and media vessel in existence, OceanXplorer is both a floating, integrated marine research platform and a Hollywood-caliber media production studio.
September 23, 2020 | Business Wire
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute are among a team of scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) who are getting a unique glimpse into these blue holes thanks to gutsy divers and a maneuverable 500-pound autonomous, benthic lander designed especially to descend deep into blue holes.
September 22, 2020 | New York Times
Have you ever seen a giant larvacean, the tiny sea squirt that lives inside a giant mucus house? How about a wildly iridescent bloodybelly comb jelly? If not, you’re far from alone. In the deepest, darkest parts of the world’s oceans, mysterious and remarkable animals abound. But because of the immense cost and logistical challenges involved in exploring those depths, only a handful of scientists, engineers and well-financed explorers such as James Cameron have been able to see these creatures in the flesh.
September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
The U.S. ambassador to Britain officially launched a ship named Mayflower on Wednesday, 400 years to the day after a wooden vessel with that name sailed from an English port and changed the history of two continents. Unlike the merchant ship that carried a group of European Puritan settlers to a new life across the Atlantic Ocean in 1620, the Mayflower christened by U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson has no crew or passengers. It will cross the sea powered by sun and wind, and steered by artificial intelligence (AI).
September 17, 2020 | Eos
The ocean is losing oxygen, and global warming is largely to blame. As water temperatures rise, oxygen solubility decreases, and ocean stratification intensifies, limiting both the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water and the supply of the gas mixed into deeper layers from the surface. What’s less clear is whether these trends will hold over millennial timescales. Some studies suggest that this deoxygenation could reverse after the end of the century, but these studies have been based on low-complexity Earth system models.
September 17, 2020 | Science News
Sound waves traveling thousands of kilometers through the ocean may help scientists monitor climate change. As greenhouse gas emissions warm the planet, the ocean is absorbing vast amounts of that heat. To monitor the change, a global fleet of about 4,000 devices called Argo floats is collecting temperature data from the ocean’s upper 2,000 meters. But that data collection is scanty in some regions, including deeper reaches of the ocean and areas under sea ice.
September 15, 2020 | Science Magazine
Never underestimate pond scum. The asteroid impact that killed most of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago also created conditions for ocean microbes to flourish, according to a new study. In microscopic rock crystals, researchers have found evidence that massive blooms of algae and photosynthetic bacteria covered the world’s oceans, providing food for larger marine creatures soon after the cataclysm.
September 14, 2020 | Science Magazine
Aiming to bolster conservation on the high seas, a team of marine researchers today released the first comprehensive survey of coral reefs in the high seas–the roughly two-thirds of the ocean outside of national jurisdictions.
September 10, 2020 | Phys.Org
The ocean plays an invaluable role in capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, taking in somewhere between five to 12 gigatons (billion tons) annually. Due to limited research, scientists aren't sure exactly how much carbon is captured and stored—or sequestered—by the ocean each year or how increasing CO2 emissions will affect this process in the future.
September 10, 2020 | E&E News
Small unmanned watercraft are revolutionizing oceanography and beginning to answer questions about climate change that have troubled scientists for decades. They are classic examples of inventors stumbling across an innovation while looking for something else. Take the case of Joe Rizzi, an engineer, venture capitalist and ukulele player who lives on the ocean in Puako, Hawaii.
September 9, 2020 | Australian Times
For the first time, scientists have viewed the deepest regions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and discovered, among other things, an extremely rare fish that appears to “walk” along the seafloor. Researchers say it propels itself along the seabed using its pectoral fins, and its motion in doing so is described as “an awkward, lumbering gait”.
September 8, 2020 | Scientific American
Jupiter’s four largest moons may be conspiring to maintain their subsurface oceans. Long thought to arise from heat generated by the crust-flexing pull of Jupiter, these oceans may also owe their existence to immense subsurface tidal waves generated by gravitational interactions among the moons. Measuring such tides can provide insights about the depths of these lunar abysses—environments that may offer the best chances for finding extraterrestrial life in our solar system.
September 8, 2020 | CBS News
The wreckage of a German warship that was struck by a British torpedo in 1940 has been discovered off the coast or Norway. Norwegian power grid operator Statnett said the cruiser Karlsruhe was identified more than 1,600 feet underwater from sonar images.
September 7, 2020 | Science
As the world warms, many species of plant and animal will have to find new—often cooler—places to live. But things are trickier for sedentary marine creatures like snails, worms, and clams, according to a new study. It finds that in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, many species are spawning earlier in the year, when currents take their larvae southward and into warmer waters—the wrong direction. For some of them, including the sand dollars beloved by beachcombers, this means their range is shrinking.
September 4, 2020 | Fox News
Experts from the University of Bristol and Swansea University have shed new light on the giant megalodon, which is history’s largest marine predator. While the modern great white shark can be over 20 feet long, the megalodon, which lived from 23 million to 3 million years ago, was over twice the length of a great white. Scientists can now reveal the size of the rest of the megalodon’s body, including its huge fins.
August 31, 2020 | Chronicle Herald
The U.S.-based research group Ocearch is coming back to Nova Scotia next week to begin another expedition to study and tag great white sharks. The non-profit will be looking for the big beasts in waters off Cape Breton and the Lunenburg-LaHave area from Sept. 8 to Oct. 6.
August 27, 2020 | Inside Unmanned Systems
Experts project the unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) global market to hit the $5.2 billion dollar mark by 2022. This is largely due to increasing demands for commercial subsea construction-related applications, including surveys, seabed mapping and pipeline inspections. Even so, the governing legal regime for UUVs remains uncharted while the international community is just now skimming the surface of regulatory waters, with a focus on autonomous surface ships.
August 26, 2020 | BBC Science Focus Magazine
Earth’s biggest habitat is also the one that we know the least about. Now, a new wave (geddit) of innovators are engineering the technology that will help us find out more. Here’s what they are discovering.
August 26, 2020 | The First News
The wreck of a German submarine from World War II has been found off the Polish Baltic coast. Specialist divers have identified it as U-boat U-649, which sank after colliding with another German submarine which had been sunk months earlier.
August 18, 2020 | Science Alert
An international team of marine scientists have discovered 30 new species of invertebrates in deep water surrounding the Galapagos, the Ecuadoran archipelago's national park authorities announced Monday.
August 17, 2020 | World Atlas
The ocean is a massive body of saltwater that covers roughly seventy percent—or 139,434,000 square miles—of the Earth’s total surface. It has played a vital role throughout history, supplying humans with food and acting as an avenue for transport to develop commerce and trade. Depending on one’s outlook, it can be awe-inspiring for its natural beauty, or terrifying in its vastness. But despite the long history of ocean exploration, approximately eighty percent is unmapped and unexplored, while some sources put this number as high as 95 percent.
August 15, 2020 | BBC
A UK boat has just provided an impressive demonstration of the future of robotic maritime operations. The 12m Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) Maxlimer has completed a 22-day-long mission to map an area of seafloor in the Atlantic.
August 14, 2020 | Federal News Network
Sometimes contractors surprise you with how good a job they did. That was the case for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its Office of Ocean Exploration and Research was so pleased with one contractor, the office chief wrote a formal letter of commendation. For the details, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the chief of NOAA’s expedition and exploration division, Rachel Medley.
August 14, 2020 | BBC
Firms are building robots that can survey the seabed and underwater structures without human help.
August 13, 2020 | Science Tech Daily
Scientists observed a ‘boomerang’ earthquake along Atlantic Ocean fault line, providing clues about how they could cause devastation on land.
August 12, 2020 | Smithsonian Magazine
Some 200 to 600 octillion microbes live deep underneath the seafloor, where they’re subject to intense pressure and have only rocks, methane and the occasional bit of oxygen for sustenance. Simply surviving in these conditions is a feat. New research suggests that the microbes make it work by expending the least possible amount of energy needed to survive—less energy than was previously known to support life on Earth.
August 11, 2020 | Southern Fried Science
Bioprospecting, the discovery of new pharmaceutical compounds, industrial chemicals, and novel genes from natural systems, is frequently cited among the critical non-mineral commercial activities that yield value from the deep ocean.
July 31, 2020 | Tahlequah Daily Press
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is honoring a team of Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs employees for their dedication in helping explore and better understand the ocean.
July 24, 2020 | CBS News
Off the coast of Florida, deep at the bottom of the ocean, are massive blue holes that formed thousands of years ago. What the unexplored holes contain has remained largely a mystery — but now, scientists want to change that.
July 22, 2020 | Vice
Next month, scientists will enter “Green Banana,” a 425-foot-deep sinkhole in the Floridian seafloor that may contain hidden secrets, including novel microbial life.
July 22, 2020 | CNN
Sixty feet beneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea, aquanaut Fabien Cousteau and industrial designer Yves Béhar are envisioning the world's largest underwater research station and habitat.
July 22, 2020 | Fox News
A German U-boat that sank off the British coast during World War II has been captured on camera in remarkable images. The pictures were taken by diving contractor Dive Newquay, which took a group of divers to see the remains of U-1021, British news agency SWNS reports. The vessel lies 9 nautical miles off the coast of Cornwall.
July 20, 2020 | BBC
The 3.5-year voyage to the furthest corners of the globe reshaped marine science and permanently changed our relationship with the planet’s oceans.
July 18, 2020 | Interesting Engineering
There is still so much to learn about our oceans, still, what we do know so far is still impressive.
July 16, 2020 | Gizmodo
New research shows how some deep-sea fish, with their specialised, ultra-black skin, are able to avoid detection even in the presence of light. Certain black-skinned fish, like dragonfish and fangtooth, are capable of absorbing more than 99.5% of light that reaches them, according to new research published today in Current Biology.
July 16, 2020 | Daily Mail
A gruesome-looking 'Darth Vader' sea cockroach discovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean has been identified as belonging to a new species.
July 16, 2020 | UpMatters.com
Thousands of years ago, long before Stonehenge and the pyramids, mining operations in the Keweenaw Peninsula were being conducted. These miners are known to be the world’s first metal workers in the area. The Noble Odyssey Foundation is searching under the waves of Huron Bay, for evidence of these ancient people.
July 10, 2020 | Sacromento Bee
A marine creature that resembles the alien E.T. has been found growing in a prehistoric area of eastern Pacific seafloor rock. The “E.T. sponge” has been classified as a new species and genus, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday as it announced the discovery.
July 10, 2020 | Phys.Org
On July 25, 2017, while exploring a seamount during the 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana: Exploring Deep Monument Waters Around Johnston Atoll expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, a team of deep-ocean explorers came upon an extraordinary seascape. Dr. Chris Mah of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) dubbed the scene the "Forest of the Weird" due to the diversity of prominent sponges rising up on stalks with their bodies oriented to face the predominant current carrying tiny food particles.
July 7, 2020 | Massive Science
One of the most common ways that scientists study the effects of future climate change is to look into the past. Like a clumsy jewelry thief, fluctuations in Earth’s climate over millions of years have left their fingerprints all over: in pollen records, ice cores, and ancient tree rings. Animals also have their own built-in historical record, in their DNA.
July 1, 2020 | Miami Herald
In a tale reminiscent of a Jules Verne novel, scientists have found evidence suggesting people once lived in an area that is now buried 20 feet below the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery comes after wood turned up in core samples taken nine miles off Port Arthur, Texas.
June 29, 2020 | Marine Technology News
While deep-ocean exploration is responsible for ground-breaking discoveries, it is also unmasking the true scale of our impacts in the deep ocean. Marine debris is a growing problem, and a new study has shown that even unexplored, remote and protected areas of the central and western Pacific deep ocean are not immune from our touch.
June 28, 2020 | Science Daily
Scientists working remotely with Schmidt Ocean Institute, one of the only at-sea science expeditions to continue operating during the global pandemic, have completed a first look at deep waters in the Coral Sea never before seen.
June 20, 2020 | BBC
It used to be said that more people had walked on the surface of the Moon than had dived to the deepest part of Earth's oceans. Not anymore. Kelly Walsh, the son of the great ocean explorer Don Walsh, has just descended to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, almost 11km down in the Pacific.
June 12, 2020 | The White House
Advancing understanding of our oceans and coastlines has been a top priority for President Trump, particularly as it relates to further mapping the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (U.S. EEZ) –an area surrounding the United States that is larger than the areas of all fifty states combined.
June 8, 2020 | Society of Women Engineers
In observance of World Oceans Day, we are sharing this Parley article on six women pioneers of ocean exploration. To date, only three people have reached the deepest point on the planet’s seabed. All of them are men; none of them got there without the contributions of women. How do you inspire the world’s future female leaders in ocean conservation? Encourage them to explore, and honor the pioneers who have led the way.
June 8, 2020 | Daily Mail
Former NASA astronaut and geologist Kathy Sullivan has become the first woman to dive to lowest point on Earth, known as Challenger Deep, inside the Mariana Trench. Sullivan, 68, emerged from the submersible DSV Limiting Factor (LF) on Sunday, which performed a successful expedition at more than 35,000 feet below the ocean’s surface.
May 31, 2020 | Interesting Engineering
Submarines are one of the most effective elements of the world's most powerful navies. From sinking shipping during wartime to covert reconnaissance and use as nuclear deterrence, these machines are both feared and admired. But this wasn't always the case. Far from a recent invention, submarines have a long and interesting history. The development of submarines was, like many other types of machines, a process of incremental improvements over many centuries.
May 28, 2020 | Times Higher Education
Ocean science’s ‘brute force’ approach is impossible in space. But extraterrestrial necessity may also be the mother of fruitful invention when it comes to probing the alien worlds beneath the terrestrial waves, says Kevin Peter Hand.
May 21, 2020 | Ocean Conservancy
What would you do if you came face-to-face with a deep-sea lizardfish? If we’re honest with ourselves, the answer probably includes running, screaming and/or fainting. With their massive, protruding teeth and dark eyes, these guys don’t exactly seem inviting. But these deep-sea dwellers are definitely worth learning more about! And who knows, you might end up loving that nightmarish mug after all.
April 29, 2020 | Interesting Engineering
Here are some amazing facts and milestones from the history of deep-sea exploration and its technology.
April 22, 2020 | Business Insider
Scientists were amazed when the massive creature floated beneath their research vessel in the depths of the ocean near Western Australia. Some compared it to a UFO, while others thought it looked like a giant heap of silly-string.
April 21, 2020 | Marine Technology News
NOAA has forged a formal agreement with Vulcan Inc. to share data resulting from the two organization’s ocean work.
April 15, 2020 | Houston Chronicle
When you take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, be aware that you're sharing the water with these guys. Sometimes these strange aquatic creatures are discovered by scientists with organizations like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Ocean Exploration Trust, led by Dr. Robert Ballard, the man who discovered the Titanic wreck.
April 10, 2020 | The Travel
As the years have gone on, and as the ship continues to erode, many underwater missions have taken place to document the tragedy.
April 9, 2020 | Nextgov
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently teamed up with a record-breaking explorer to survey and map unknown parts of the world’s deep oceans.
April 8, 2020 | Science News
Allison Fong dangles over the edge of a “river” running through a massive chunk of sea ice floating between the North Pole and Russia’s Komsomolets Island. The river cracked open in the ice just a few days ago, exposing the Arctic Ocean below. Already starting to freeze over, the river’s surface is a dark scar in the white landscape.
April 8, 2020 | Metro
Known as a siphonophore Apolemia, the string-like creature is huge, measuring well over 150 feet. But not all is as it seems. The siphonophore is actually made up of thousands of small clones called siphonophores that resemble jellyfish.
April 7, 2020 | National Geographic
Last fall, astrobiologist Kevin Hand and I were aboard the Norwegian icebreaker Kronprins Haakon for a month, crashing through the frozen ocean off the northeast coast of Greenland. Around us, Earth looked alien—a world where the normally shifting seas were a solid mass of glowing ice.
April 2, 2020 | Miami Herald
An ancient forest has been found “entombed” in the floor of the Gulf of Mexico off Alabama, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to orchestrate a study of the haunting site.
April 2, 2020 | Intelligent Aerospace
NOAA is establishing a new Unmanned Systems Operations Program to support the rapidly expanding use of these systems across the agency. The new program will promote the safe, efficient and economical operation of unmanned systems (UxS) NOAA uses to collect high-quality environmental data for the agency’s science, products and services.
March 26, 2020 | The Independent
Thousands of feet deep down in the oceans off the coast of Angola in southern Africa, scientists have recorded mass movements of various fish species across the sea bed. Using cameras at observatory platforms, they believe they have recorded the seasonal migrations of deep-sea fish for what is said to be the first time.
March 25, 2020 | CNET
Deep, dark water doesn't stop humboldt squid from communicating. The creatures can talk to each other visually using bioluminescence, and, researchers now say, through changing skin color patterns that communicate precise messages that could be translated into warnings like "don't touch my food."
March 10, 2020 | Science News
Most fish are broadcast spawners, casting their eggs and sperm in clouds and leaving their young to develop alone. But a tiny minority — about 2 percent — are “mouthbreeders,” keeping their fertilized eggs (and sometimes hatchlings) protected in their mouths. Now, a study reveals the first fish known from the deep sea to mouthbrood, researchers report February 27 in Scientific Reports.
March 5, 2020 | The Verge
Meet BEN, the self-driving boat that’s been tasked with helping lay bare the long-lost secrets of the lakebed.
February 25, 2020 | The Weather Channel
From 2015 to 2017, scientists mapped more than 230,000 square miles of seafloor around western and central Pacific islands. Their cameras caught images of more than 347,000 deep-sea creatures.
February 24, 2020 | Smithsonian Magazine
Researchers from Project Recover, a joint endeavor of the University of Delaware and the University of California, San Diego, that aims to “find and repatriate Americans missing in action since World War II,” recently located the wreckage of three U.S. military aircraft lost during a February 1944 battle in the conflict’s Pacific theater.
January 31, 2020 | The Guardian
Sixty years ago, explorers first descended the 11,000 metres to the Challenger Deep of the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in the ocean. In the intervening decades we have discovered more about this mysterious and peculiar environment and its inhabitants. Nicola Davis speaks to Dr Jon Copley about the race to the ocean floor and what is lurking down there in the deep.
January 29, 2020 | CNET
Darth Vader and RoboCop now have some cyborg company in the form of superpowered jellyfish. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed a swim controller that turns regular jellyfish into speed demons.
January 28, 2020 | Fox News
A team of experts has located the wreck of a merchant ship that vanished in the Bermuda Triangle in 1925. The fate of the SS Cotopaxi has long been shrouded in mystery. On Nov. 29, 1925, the steam-powered vessel left Charleston, S.C. for Havana, Cuba. She never reached her destination and the bodies of the Cotopaxi’s 32 passengers were never recovered.
January 23, 2020 | Phys.org
On January 23 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh climbed into an undersea craft called Trieste and dived nearly 11 kilometres to the deepest point in the ocean—the Challenger Deep of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.
January 16, 2020 | Eos
Around the world, seafloor sediments harbor vast amounts of methane. When it escapes into seawater—either by natural seepage or because of such human activities as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill—this potent greenhouse gas becomes food for certain microbes, limiting the amount that ultimately enters Earth’s atmosphere.
January 9, 2020 | WorkBoat
NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the ocean data and technology company Ocean Infinity have announced a new agreement to develop deepwater autonomous technologies that can gather ultra-high-resolution ocean information.
January 6, 2020 | MetroWest Daily News
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is kicking off its yearlong celebration commemorating 90 years of research and exploration with the release of a limited-edition pictorial postmark.
January 3, 2020 | E&E News
With little fanfare, President Trump in November declared the United States would "act boldly" on a gigantic task: mapping a chunk of ocean floor that's larger than the combined land area of all 50 states. Armed with this strong backing from the White House, NOAA is ready to go where no man has gone before. The agency this year plans to accelerate exploration of the entire U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, with the goal of completing the job by 2030.
January 1, 2020 | The Epoch Times
The depths of the earth’s oceans represent a huge amount of as yet unexplored territory. As such, it is exciting, baffling, and awe-inspiring for the scientific community when curious new creatures appear and are caught on camera.
December 30, 2019 | FedTech
For several years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put an emphasis on the so-called blue economy, which refers to the use of seas and coasts for economic activities. These include seafood production, tourism and recreation, ocean exploration, marine transportation and coastal resilience.
December 20, 2019 | Newsweek
Deep-sea explorers trawling the ocean floor southwest of Florida came across an unusual and elusive character they first mistook for a rock. The fish in question is a Schaefer's Anglerfish (Sladenia shaefersi)—or goosefish—an evasive species assumed to be rare until deep-sea exploration expeditions revealed they were more prevalent than previously thought.
December 18, 2019 | Business Insider
The magnificent narwhal — a beast that has inspired monarchs and intrigued scientists — has quite the reputation. The spotted whales, found mostly in Greenland and Canada, are striking because of a prominent tooth that grows out of their jaws to resemble a horn, or tusk. It's led to their nickname: "the unicorn of the sea."
December 11, 2019 | Popular Mechanics
In a new study, scientists warn that our estimates of global ocean “dead zones” may be woefully low because of misleading biofeedback in the form of dark carbon. Anaerobic organisms living in these dead zones can still digest dark carbon without the help of sunlight, hence the “dark” in dark carbon. Because these organisms are still consuming carbon as fuel even in the absence of sunlight, they throw off measurements of where dead zones are and of global carbon totals.
December 9, 2019 | Eos
This is a “superexciting” time for seafloor mapping, according to Vicki Ferrini, a marine geophysicist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y.
December 9, 2019 | Vice
Scientists were investigating the cause of "pockmarks" on the seafloor when they made an unsettling discovery: thousands of mini-craters, apparently formed by garbage.
December 3, 2019 | New York Times
This summer, the 235-foot research vessel Marcus G. Langseth set out into the ocean off the Pacific Northwest. Trailing the ship were four electronic serpents, each five miles in length. These cables were adorned with scientific instruments able to peer into the beating heart of a monster a mile below the waves: Axial Seamount, a volcanic mountain.
November 27, 2019 | URI Today
Despite great technological advances in ocean exploration over the last 30 years, the world’s most delicate deep-sea species largely remain a mystery.
November 23, 2019 | Business Insider
NASA scientists are dropping an upside-down underwater rover into the icy oceans of Antarctica. The robot, called the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration (BRUIE), is a prototype of the rover that could search for life in frozen alien oceans.
November 22, 2019 | Science
The coastal waters of the United States cover an area dwarfing the nation itself. Yet more than half of that ocean floor is a blank—unmapped by all but low-resolution satellite imagery. Now, the White House has announced a new push to examine these 11.6 million square kilometers of undersea territory. President Donald Trump this week signed a memorandum ordering federal officials to draft a new strategy that would accelerate federal efforts to map and explore these reaches.
November 21, 2019 | EurekAlert!
Groundbreaking discovery by Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch, collaborators impacts marine biotechnology, early animal evolution and climate change.
November 19, 2019 | The White House
ADVANCING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR OCEANS AND COASTLINES: President Donald J. Trump is directing Federal agencies to develop a national strategy to map the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and a strategy to map the Alaskan coastline.
November 19, 2019 | Popular Mechanics
Meet the wind- and solar-powered ocean drones boldly going where humans rarely venture—including the harsh, unforgiving Antarctic.
November 18, 2019 | New York Times
Bruce H. Robison, a marine biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, began prowling the deep Pacific in a revolutionary craft in 1985. It was essentially a giant bubble of clear plastic that gave its occupant stunning panoramic views, instead of requiring them to peer through a tiny porthole.
November 14, 2019 | WBTV
Imagine a 5-foot living needle in the ocean, with “chrome-like skin” and a knack for swimming vertically before it bites with razor sharp teeth. That’s basically what deep sea explorers captured on video Nov. 5, when they recorded a predatory ribbonfish on the prowl off the southeastern United States.
November 14, 2019 | Inverse
Beneath the ocean’s surface, there is a landscape marked by its biodiversity. Only by venturing under the water can scientists study the vast number of species living there — from giant blue whales to tiny marine animals like plankton and other microbes.
November 13, 2019 | Fox Business
The White House is holding a summit on ocean science and technology -- here's why.
November 11, 2019 | National Geographic
Pictures of deep-sea vents hidden below ice offer some of our first looks at creatures thriving in conditions akin to those on watery moons.
November 7, 2019 | NPR
What happens after a whale dies? Most fall. Their carcasses — known as "whale falls" — become an energy-rich habitat, drawing a wide variety of organisms from across the deep sea to feast. Whale falls become ecosystems unto themselves.
November 5, 2019 | New York Times
Researchers say they believe the debris field off the Philippines is from the U.S.S. Johnston DD-557, which played a pivotal role in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
November 5, 2019 | Outside
Backed by billionaire philanthropists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, a wave of entrepreneurs are developing high-tech, low-cost technologies to probe the watery realms we still barely understand. Are the oceans finally getting their moon-shot moment?
October 30, 2019 | Miami Herald
There are all manner of creepy, crawly, bitey, slimy creatures deep in the ocean. Many are beautiful and graceful, but some are perfect for Halloween tales. Researchers who have been diving down into the ocean’s depths with the Office of Ocean Exploration at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shared some of their favorite Halloween photos.
October 24, 2019 | Charlotte Observer
Deep sea explorers probing an area off the East Coast watched in astonishment as first one, then two cutthroat eels ambushed a red crab feeding on a squid carcass.
October 20, 2019 | Inverse
Even if you live in the most landlocked area, the ocean impacts your everyday life through the air you breathe, climate regulation, trade and commerce, and perhaps by ingredients in products you use and the food you eat. The ocean is also an important part of human history and of the culture and heritage for many people.
October 19, 2019 | Business Insider
Giant squid live in the dark depths of the ocean, and very little is known about them to this day. Most of what the world has learned about the gargantuan creature, which can grow up to 40 feet long and live in a world devoid of sunlight, is taken from their floating carcasses, or from the belly of sperm whales.
October 19, 2019 | Daily Breeze
Scientists believe that there are perhaps more than nine million species still waiting to be discovered on the planet Earth. Thanks to new resources provided by AltaSea and famed ocean explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, it’s possible that local students might see some of these creatures being discovered before their very eyes, live in their classroom.
October 17, 2019 | People
The E/V Nautilus, an ocean exploration vessel operated by the nonprofit organization Ocean Exploration Trust, recently caught a spooky sight that looks straight out of an underwater horror movie during a deep sea dive.
October 14, 2019 | Time
One of humanity’s greatest achievements has been mastering routes across the world’s oceans. Communities separated by thousands of miles have been brought into contact and religious ideas have spread across the waters, while artistic creativity has been spurred on by the experience of seeing the products of different civilizations.
October 2, 2019 | Houston Chronicle
Mercer Brugler sits on his knees on a padded bench aboard the Research Vessel Manta, his face so close to the screen that the vibrant colors reflect off his black-rimmed glasses.
September 12, 2019 | Earth Touch News
A team aboard a research vessel could barely contain themselves recently when a shapeshifting jellyfish emerged from the depths to put on a ghostly display in front of their remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
August 29, 2019 | Oceanopgrahic Magazine
My first expedition to the deep sea was a bit serendipitous. I had finished my first degree at the University of Southampton in the UK and headed back to my home country of Trinidad and Tobago to fulfil a scholarship obligation.
August 29, 2019 | Smithsonian Magazine
Marine archaeologists exploring the 19th-century vessel could discover clues about what befell the sailors of the Franklin expedition.
August 29, 2019 | Huffington Post
A strange and disturbing possibility resurfaces as a new mission is under way to find her aircraft. There’s a new effort underway to discover what happened to aviation legend Amelia Earhart, who vanished 82 years ago along with navigator Fred Noonan during an ill-fated attempt to fly around the world.
August 23, 2019 | CBC
An American deep sea research vessel is now scheduled to depart Halifax Tuesday on a "voyage of discovery" that will send cameras and other instruments into six deepwater ocean canyons and channels off Nova Scotia.
August 23, 2019 | Christian Science Monitor
It should be a lifeless wasteland. Temperatures are barely above freezing, miles of water apply crushing pressure, and no sunlight reaches there. But the deepest parts of the ocean are actually rife with outlandish lifeforms.
August 23, 2019 | Medical Daily
Researchers have discovered the source of the seafloor methane that’s emitting millions and millions of tons of this potent greenhouse gas into the world’s oceans. In the process, the research team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts also discovered the largest source of “abiotic methane” on the planet.
August 22, 2019 | Science Alert
The wreck of what may be the most famous and infamous sea vessel in history has been visited by humans for the first time in almost 15 years – revealing an incredible state of natural deterioration hidden deep within the Atlantic Ocean.
August 12, 2019 | New York Times
Robert Ballard is the finder of important lost things. In 1985, he discovered the Titanic scattered beneath the Atlantic Ocean. He and his team also located the giant Nazi battleship Bismarck and, more recently, 18 shipwrecks in the Black Sea. Dr. Ballard has always wanted to find the remains of the plane Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared in 1937. But he feared the hunt would be yet another in a long line of futile searches.
August 9, 2019 | Discover Magazine
Now, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has received a NASA grant to fund a new project called In-situ Vent Analysis Divebot for Exobiology Research (InVADER). It will explore deep-sea vents on Earth in preparation for the day that scientists can send a similar craft out into the solar system to explore alien oceans and their own hydrothermal vents.
August 8, 2019 | Southern Fried Science
In the forty years since that first discovery, hundreds of research expedition ventured into the deep oceans to study and understand the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. In doing so, they discovered thousands of new species, unraveled the secrets of chemosynthesis, and fundamentally altered our understanding of what it means to be alive on this planet. Now, as deep-sea mining crawls slowly towards production, we must transform those discoveries into conservation and management principles to safeguard the diversity and resilience of life in the deep sea.
August 7, 2019 | IFL Science
Deep in the frosty waters of Alaska, explorers have captured stunning images of a US submarine that seemingly vanished in the heat of World War Two. The bow of the USS Grunion submarine was recently identified by a team from the Lost 52 Project at a depth of around 820 meters (2,700 feet) in the waters near the Aleutian Islands, a curved band of remote volcanic islands that run between Alaska and Russia in the Pacific Ocean. The recent rediscovery was made using a gang of autonomous underwater vehicles that were able to capture advanced photogrammetry images of the submarine, showing its sunken glory in stunning three-dimensional detail.
August 7, 2019 | PR Web
Scientists from nine marine conservation, exploration and research organizations today announced the completion of a successful three-week research and media mission to study bluntnose sixgill sharks and oceanic whitetip sharks in protected and unprotected waters of the Wider Caribbean. Mission scientists successfully placed satellite tags on both shark species, marking the first time a bluntnose sixgill shark has ever been tagged at depth in its natural habitat. This and other results of the mission will provide scientists with critical data necessary to protect the ocean’s apex predators throughout their lifecycle.
August 7, 2019 | The Kansas City Star
Ocean predators come in all sizes, and a team of scientists working in the Gulf of Alaska last week says it found one of the smallest and most insatiable. Looking like an aquatic roach, the half-inch-long copepod has terrorized everything biologists mistakenly sat next to it, according to a Facebook post by researchers working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
August 5, 2019 | National Geographic
When the rocky mound lurched onto his computer screen aboard the R/V OGS Explora, geophysicist Emanuele Lodolo couldn’t believe his eyes. Just four miles off the coast of Sicily, the team had stumbled on a previously unknown volcano with an old lava flow trailing some 2.5 miles westward across the seafloor.
July 31, 2019 | The Nerdist
The ocean is full of mysterious creatures and sea life, most of which will never be seen or understood by humans. That’s why it’s such a treat when we stumble across an underwater being that’s totally foreign to our eyeballs, something that recently happened for a team of scientists aboard a ship called the Nautilus in the Pacific Ocean. What was it that they saw? An adorable little squid that looks like a piglet with tentacle antennas. Yes, it’s both as weird and as cute as it sounds.
July 30, 2019 | Cision PR News Wire
The bow of WWII Submarine USS Grunion (SS-216) has been discovered in 2700 feet of water off the Aleutian Islands, Alaska by a team pioneering robotic ocean exploration. The ongoing WWII submarine discoveries lead by ocean explorer Tim Taylor are applying comprehensive 3D imaging pioneering a new frontier in ocean exploration.
July 30, 2019 | Cision PR News Wire
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer completed leg one of Expedition 1904 in partnership with private industry and the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER). The mission consisted of seabed surveys of Undersea Cultural Heritage (UCH) sites located along the East Coast of the United States. Engineers from ThayerMahan's Seabed Systems Group, along with representatives from their technology partner Kraken Robotics, demonstrated the efficacy of their SeaScout Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system in gathering high-resolution (3 cm x 3 cm), high-speed (6 - 8 knots), wide-area (up to 3 km2 / hour) precision seabed imagery.
July 29, 2019 | IFLScience
Making waves in the world of oceanic exploration, researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus have filmed a mysterious deep-sea squid alive for the first time.
July 29, 2019 | Fredericksburg.Com
Deep-sea explorers investigating a spot 39 miles off North Carolina’s Outer Banks say they encountered a surreal stretch of seafloor filled with geyser-like bubble plumes, some of them “continuous and others turning off and on over periods of less than a minute.”
July 26, 2019 | FIU News
FIU marine scientist Kevin Boswell and a multi-institution research team will deploy experimental technology next week to explore the deep scattering layers of the ocean. They are looking for information about animals in the Gulf of Mexico that make up the scattering layers — those that undergo daily vertical migrations of 100 to 1,000 meters. These animals represent the largest organized animal migration on the planet, yet little is known about them.
July 25, 2019 | Deeper Blue
National Geographic this week announced it has launched a new TV series with a working title of “MISSION OCEANX,” a global, six-episode series and cross-platform event that pairs a dream team of the world’s greatest ocean storytellers with the most advanced combined exploration and media vessel ever built. As a part of the series launch, the OceanX team is encouraging a broad audience to get involved by renaming the M/V Alucia2, the most advanced science and media vessel ever constructed, which will build on the legacy of OceanX’s current marine research vessel the M/V Alucia.
July 23, 2019 | Newsweek
A team of researchers has managed to tag and film an ancient type of deep-sea shark—which can grow up to 20 feet in length and weigh more than a ton—in its native habitat. The bluntnose sixgill is one of the largest sharks in the world, characterized by six pairs of long gill slits—most sharks have five—a long tail, a rounded snout, big green eyes and comb-like teeth.
July 16, 2019 | CBC News
Canada's largest underwater volcano is off the coast of British Columbia and, over the next two weeks, a team of national scientists will be doing a deep-sea exploration mission of the area. The team from Fisheries and Oceans Canada set off Monday on the deep-ocean journey to research the Explorer Seamount — an underwater mountain west of Vancouver Island.
July 16, 2019 | E&T Engineering and Technology
With most of the ocean seabed unmapped, Earth’s last frontier of terrestrial discovery has become a focus of activity for explorers, scientists, cartographers and environmentalists.
July 15, 2019 | silive.com
Marine biologists captured incredible footage of a rare deep-sea shark during a mission to tag the species at its native depth from a submarine. After several failed attempts, OceanX scientists tagged a bluntnose sixgill shark in the Bahamas on June 29 -- making history by tagging an animal from a submersible, or submarine, for the first time ever, according to an OceanX blog post.
July 12, 2019 | Geek.com
An expedition exploring the deep-sea habitats of the southeastern United States has spotted some fascinating, rarely-seen sights, including a wreckfish swallowing a shark whole, and an interesting ravioli-like starfish. Recently, it also recorded a deep-sea crab plucking fish eggs from a pile — and eating them.
July 10, 2019 | Geek.com
Scientists have filmed some of the world’s weirdest deep-sea creatures, but a recent expedition off the southeast coast of the U.S. gave researchers a chance to record one that looks weird and...delicious.
July 8, 2019 | Fox News
Researchers exploring the depths of the ocean off the coast of South Carolina recorded a rare sight last month when they stumbled upon a shark feeding frenzy that had a surprise ending.
July 3, 2019 | Greenville News
A 75-year-old mystery off the coast of South Carolina took a strange twist Friday, when an expedition of maritime archaeologist and historians tried to find an oil tanker sunk by a German U-boat in 1943.
July 1, 2019 | Charolotte Observer
A sonar anomaly deep in the Gulf of Mexico -- officially known as Site 15711 -- is now known to be the resting place of a sailing ship that went down in the 1800s, according to a report by NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research. An expedition on June 27 confirmed it was a shipwreck after sending a remote control camera down 1,800 feet to view the somber debris field that included everything from from dinnerware to glass bottles.
June 28, 2019 | Science Friday
The eight-day squid-and-kin appreciation extravaganza of Cephalopod Week is nearly over, but there’s still plenty to learn and love about these tentacled “aliens” of the deep. After a rare video sighting of a giant squid—the first in North American waters—last week, NOAA zoologist Mike Vecchione talks about his role identifying the squid from a mere 25 seconds of video, and why ocean exploration is the best way to learn about the behavior and ecology of deep-sea cephalopods.
June 20, 2019 | Quartz
For millennia, the ocean has been an inspiration for generations of storytellers and poets, novelists and artists. Throughout history, it has served as a ubiquitous backdrop for stories of adventure and exploration: Treasure Island, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to name a few.
June 18, 2019 | Charlotte Observer
A “giant” shrimp longer than a human hand was encountered Sunday as part of an expedition to collect data “about unknown and poorly understood deep water areas” in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep sea explorers, who were clearly impressed, cited the blood-red creature as an example of “the phenomenon of gigantism in the deep sea, when animals grow much larger than their shallow water relatives.”
June 17, 2019 | Hydro International
The data available to produce the definitive map of the world’s ocean floor has more than doubled, just two years after the launch of an international effort to produce a complete map by the year 2030. Following the efforts of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, coverage of the world’s ocean floor has now increased from 6% to 15%.
June 11, 2019 | IFL Science
A newly discovered abnormal hydrothermal vent discovered 120 kilometers (75 miles) off the west coast of America could help researchers find life on oceanic worlds beyond our own.
June 7, 2019 | Science
Like us, fish need oxygen to survive. But to breathe, most pull oxygen-containing water into their mouths and pump it through their gill chambers before expelling it out of their gill slits. Now, for the first time, scientists have seen fish “holding” that breath, some for up to 4 minutes at a time.
June 3, 2019 | Hydro International
XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, has announced winners in the US$7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. The results were revealed at an awards ceremony hosted at the world-renowned Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, part of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation.
May 30, 2019 | Newsweek
Researchers testing equipment in the Gulf of Mexico inadvertently discovered the 200-year-old wreckage of a ship earlier this month. Evidence from the wreck suggests it's sailors may have come to a fiery end.
May 30, 2019 | CNN
The hull of a ship, still sheathed in copper, and the numbers "2109" on a rudder suddenly appeared in the depths of the abyss. It was an "unexpected and exciting discovery" that sea floor explorers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made earlier this month while conducting a routine test of their new remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, in the Gulf of Mexico, NOAA announced.
May 29, 2019 | SpaceRef
NASA will join an international crew on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean this summer to prepare for future deep space missions during the 10-day NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 23 expedition slated to begin June 10.
May 28, 2019 | The New Yorker
In 2015, Melissa Omand, a thirty-four-year-old oceanographer at the University of Rhode Island, began preparing for a six-day research expedition. For the first time, Omand would be the lead scientist—an important professional milestone. She would be supervising eleven other researchers studying how the movement of carbon through the oceans shapes the global climate. Many of them would be using advanced instruments that had never before been deployed in the field. The expedition was set for October. In April, Omand learned that she was pregnant.
May 22, 2019 | 9 & 10 News
The bottom of Lake Huron is massive and a lot of it still holds many secrets. Over the last two weeks the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has teamed up with Dr. Bob Ballard’s team to help unlock some of those mysteries. Corey Adkins explains in this week’s Northern Michigan in Focus.
May 10, 2019 | Phys.Org
Artificial intelligence (AI) could help scientists shed new light on the variety of species living on the ocean floor, according to new research led by the University of Plymouth.
May 9, 2019 | Newsweek
Researchers have discovered strange deep-sea tubeworms 36 miles off the North Carolina coast—an animal that has never been observed before in this area of the Atlantic Ocean. A team from the Deep Search program made the find while exploring several recently identified methane cold seeps— cracks or fissures where hydrocarbon-rich fluid is released from below the seafloor—near Pea Islan. They used a remotely operated vehicle known as Jason, which belongs to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
May 8, 2019 | Hakai Magazine
It’s an odd line to hear, that the sea cucumbers “wouldn’t settle down.” But that curious observation, made in the lab of Memorial University of Newfoundland professor and biologist Annie Mercier, set the stage for the discovery of a wholly unexpected mode of locomotion in orange-footed sea cucumbers.
May 6, 2019 | Wired
Larry Mayer is headed out this week on a ship to explore the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast. Well, he’s actually exploring seafloor formations near the islands, looking for evidence that ancient peoples might have camped out in the caves as they migrated south some 15,000 years ago, a time when the sea level was 600 feet lower than today.
May 6, 2019 | National Geographic
Something strange is happening off the coast of Portugal, and scientists have now proposed a groundbreaking explanation.
May 1, 2019 | Coastal Review Online
This vibrant octopus was spotted in the Pamlico Canyon about 20 miles offshore of the Outer Banks by a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, during a dive by DEEP SEARCH, an interagency project sponsored by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. The dive is part of the fifth research expedition of the 4.5-year Deep Sea Exploration and Research of Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats, or DEEP SEARCH.
April 26, 2019 | Charlotte Observer
Explorers surveying mile-deep sea canyons this week off North Carolina’s Outer Banks say they encountered “spectacular” rock walls draped in deep-sea animals and brightly colored corals. The discoveries were made in the Pamlico Canyon, 20 miles off the Outer Banks, according to the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research team for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
April 23, 2019 | Marine Technology News
Seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity said it has conducted urgent subsea search, inspection and operations on the wreck of the MV Grande America, which sank in the Bay of Biscay on March 12.
April 23, 2019 | Natural History Museum
A huge variety of animals produce eggs. These help to protect and provide for offspring as they develop. There are over 500 species of shark living in waters around the world and the majority give birth to live young. The remainder are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs.
April 2019 | Reader's Digest
The Earth’s briny waters are full of life—some of it is truly strange and mysterious-looking.
April 14, 2019 | U.S. News & World Report
Seychelles president in underwater speech pleads to protect world's oceans from climate change.
April 11, 2019 | Times Union
The deepest part of the infamous Mariana Trench — a 43-mile-wide crescent canyon that cuts its way through 1,500 miles of ocean at the edge of two tectonic plates — the Challenger Deep is home to a unique ecosystem of creatures and microorganisms.
March 26, 2019 | Barron's
Mark Dalio was an associate producer at National Geographic’s television network in 2013 when he watched scientists and filmmakers with the Discovery Channel and the Japanese broadcaster NHK capture the first-ever footage of a giant squid.
March 26, 2019 | Marine Technology News
A major $2 million scientific study led by the University of Rhode Island (URI)’s Graduate School of Oceanography will monitor disruptive ocean currents in the US Gulf of Mexico, with a long term goal to improve forecasts for safer offshore operations in the region.
March 15, 2019 | Digital Day News
Underwater Drones market is growing at a progressive growth rate due to increasing usage for surveillance, gathering data and intelligence. These Underwater drones are specially used for research in oil and gas industry due to which the implementation of underwater drones have been increased significantly in recent years. Moreover, organizations in ocean exploration have started using these underwater drones for mapping ocean floor and for other purposes.
March 14, 2019 | The New York Times Magazine
Three hours after nightfall on Sept. 15, 1942, the U.S.S. Wasp, a United States Navy aircraft carrier, slipped beneath the waves 350 miles southeast of Guadalcanal. Hit by two or possibly three torpedoes from a Japanese submarine, the crippled ship was abandoned, then torpedoed by an American destroyer to send it to the bottom, approximately 14,000 feet below. In the early morning hours of Jan. 14, 2019, researchers laid eyes on the Wasp for the first time in 76 years.
March 13, 2019 | The New York Times Magazine
In 1942, a volley of torpedoes sent the U.S.S. Wasp to the bottom of the Pacific. For decades, the families of the dead wondered where in the lightless depths of the ocean the ship could possibly be. Earlier this year, a team of wreck hunters set out to find it.
March 12, 2019 | ABC News
A British-led scientific mission to document changes taking place beneath the Indian Ocean has broadcast its first live, television-quality video transmission from a two-person submersible.
March 11, 2019 | Eos
Imagine that the ocean could be drained to reveal the landscape of the seafloor around Australia. Now imagine that we could overlay on this landscape a map of the various seafloor types and the ways that marine animals and plants are distributed across these seafloor types. Even better, imagine being able to easily visualize all these factors in relation to resource management boundaries or factors that place stress on marine environments.
March 1, 2019 | Mashable
Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) collaborated to build Orpheus, a small, autonomous robot capable of exploring the deepest, uncharted realms in the ocean — and possibly one day exploring extraterrestrial ocean worlds in our solar system, like the moons Europa and Enceladus.
February 21, 2019 | Marine Technology News
As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Marine Technology Reporter explores half a century of subsea technology development and discovery. Oceanology International Americas runs February 25-27, 2019 in San Diego.
February 21, 2019 | mySA
Scientists from NASA and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have teamed up on a $1.2 million, privately funded effort to research, design, and build a new robot to explore the hadal zone. The group aptly named the new drone Orpheus, after the mythic Greek hero who dove to the depths of hell and serenaded Hades, the king of the underworld. Scientists hope that similarly, this Orpheus will one day find new bottom-dwelling sea creatures and snap photos of deep-sea life.
February 14, 2019 | The Independent
After a wide-ranging search for nominations and thorough deliberations, the new Regional Class Research Vessel that will soon call the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus home has a name.
February 12, 2019 | The Associated Press
As the world’s leader in designing and managing incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, XPRIZE today announced that the three finalist teams competing for the $1M Bonus Prize sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in its Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, have tested their technologies in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
January 28, 2019 | Eos
Brine pools—hypersaline, low-oxygen waters deadly to many forms of ocean life—can experience waves hundreds of meters high when hit by a landslide, potentially overspilling their deep-sea basins.
January 24, 2019 | Time
Scientists prepared Thursday to embark on an unprecedented, years-long mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades.
January 17, 2019 | Mashable
As midnight neared, we bobbed around in the black Caribbean Sea aboard a rubber dinghy. There were five of us out there, peering down into the undulating, forever darkness. We scoured the water for signs of a telltale light, coming from below.
December 23, 2018 | The Weather Network
It's the largest invertebrate on earth, weighing up to 750 kg, yet nobody has managed to capture video of the colossal squid in its natural habitat. SubC Imaging is hoping to change that.
December 21, 2018 | Popular Science
"One down!” Those were Victor Vescovo’s first words after climbing out of the hatch of the DSV Limiting Factor. He had just dove 27,480 feet down to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench, making him the first person to reach the absolute nadir of the Atlantic Ocean.
December 17, 2018 | The Newport Daily News
The new high-tech images of the submarines in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound are helping to make the case for preservation of the wreckage sites with the cooperation of the Navy and the state.
December 14, 2018 | Science Alert
Deep under the ocean, in the dark, dark depths, marine scientists have discovered a new field of hydrothermal vents, hosting an ecosystem unlike any other - with a plethora of species that have never been seen before.
December 10, 2018 | Geospatial World
The U.N.-backed project, called Seabed 2030, is urging countries and companies to pool data to create a map of the entire ocean floor by 2030 which will be freely available to all.
December 9, 2018 | CBS News
In 1985 oceanographer and Naval Reserve commanding officer Robert Ballard stunned the world when he found the Titanic. But how he did it remained a highly-classified U.S. government Cold War secret for decades. An exhibition at the National Geographic museum in Washington, D.C., called "Titanic: The Untold Story," recounts the tragic fate of the ship, a supposedly unsinkable liner that struck an iceberg on April 15, 1912.
December 6, 2018 | Mother Nature Network
Scientists exploring the deep sea off the coast of Puerto Rico recently spotted a stunning species of jellyfish they've since nicknamed "the psychedelic Medusa." Officially known as a Rhopalonematid jelly Crossota millsae, this species previously has been spotted in depths below 3,000 feet (914 meters) in deep-sea regions from the Pacific to the Arctic.
December 5, 2018 | Reuters
A U.N.-backed project, called Seabed 2030, is urging countries and companies to pool data to create a map of the entire ocean floor by 2030. The map will be freely available to all.
November 21, 2018 | Forbes
What would you say is the biggest collection of human history? While a museum may be on the tip of your tongue, let me stop you right there to tell you that you are wrong. It isn’t a museum, but an environment that most likely holds more human history than every museum on our planet combined: our oceans.
November 21, 2018 | U.S News and World Report
U.S. scientists have wrapped up a 22-day mission exploring waters around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with the deepest dives ever undertaken in the region.
November 19, 2018 | Science Magazine
"A dream vessel" is what Joana Xavier, a sponge expert at the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine and Environmental Research in Porto, Portugal, calls a new research ship due to launch in 2021. Funded by a Norwegian billionaire, the 183-meter-long Research Expedition Vessel (REV) will be the largest such ship ever built, more than twice the length of most rivals. Engineered to endure polar ice, punishing weather, and around-the-world voyages, the REV will not only be big and tough, but packed with top-of-the-line research gear—and luxurious accommodations.
November 19, 2018 | CNN
Last week, scientific explorers caught a jellyfish in such an electrifying pose that they're calling it the "psychedelic Medusa." Scientists suggest the jellyfish, officially called Rhopalonematid jelly Crossota millsae, hovers just above the seafloor, while its tentacles reach out 360 degrees ready to sting its prey.
November 2, 2018 | Live Science
During the Oct. 23, 2018 dive of the ROV Hercules, part of the Nautilus exploration program, a cirrate octopod of the Grimpoteuthis species swam into view. Using the scaling lasers aboard the ROV, the research team estimated the animal to be less than 2 feet (60 centimeters) long.
October 25, 2018 | Mashable
On Tuesday at some 10,000 feet beneath the sea, marine scientists spotted a little-seen octopus swimming through the dark, black waters. A robotic Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) piloted by the Ocean Exploration Trust filmed this genus of Octopus, the bell-shaped Grimpoteuthis, as the ROV maneuvered around a deep-sea reef off the central California coast.
October 24, 2018 | KTVZ.COM
A team of researchers led by an Oregon State University marine geologist has documented a recent volcanic eruption on the Mariana back-arc in the western Pacific Ocean that is about 14,700 feet, or 2.8 miles, below the ocean surface, making it the deepest known eruption on Earth.
October 22, 2018 | USA Today
A "headless chicken monster" was spotted swimming in the Antarctic Ocean, Australian researchers announced Sunday. The bizarre creature that does indeed look like it's missing a head is actually a sea cucumber scientifically known as Enypniastes eximia.
October 19, 2018 | WJXT News4Jax
Researchers from the ocean exploration group DEEP SEARCH, (Deep Sea Exploration to Advance Research on Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats) recently used JAXPORT as a home base. They spent a week at sea studying underwater ecosystems from the Florida/Georgia border to North Carolina aboard the TDI-Brooks International Inc. research vessel Brooks McCall. The information gathered will be used to help protect underwater ecosystems.
October 19, 2018 | Deeper Blue
National Geographic announced this week it has partnered with underwater drone company OpenROV to launch the Science Exploration Education (S.E.E.) Initiative, a pioneering effort to explore the ocean. Beginning in 2019, the S.E.E. Initiative will donate 1,000 underwater drones to explore, monitor and protect marine environments.
October 12, 2018 | Science Daily
Inspired by the visual system of the mantis shrimp-researchers have created a new type of camera that could greatly improve the ability of cars to spot hazards in challenging imaging conditions.
October 12, 2018 | University of Washington News
After years working on a cabled observatory that monitors the Pacific Northwest seafloor and water above, a University of Washington engineer decided to share the wonder of the deep sea with younger audiences. The result is “ROPOS and the Underwater Volcano,” published this month by Virginia-based Mascot Books.
October 11, 2018 | Marine Technology News
Archaeologists in Greece have discovered at least 58 shipwrecks, many laden with antiquities, in what they say may be the largest concentration of ancient wrecks ever found in the Aegean and possibly the whole of the Mediterranean.
October 9, 2018 | Robotics Business Review
XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating world-changing incentive competitions, today announced the deep sea off Kalamata, Greece, has been chosen as the field testing location for finalist teams competing in the $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. Deep sea, real-world testing is a key stage in the three-year global competition challenging teams to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned, and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery.
October 4, 2018 | Santa Cruz Sentinel
Few think of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary as the home to beautiful corals, but oceanographic surveys scheduled to begin Oct. 21 will bring these deep-sea soft corals to life for all of us. The peaks of the Davidson Seamount lay 5,000 feet below the ocean surface, approximately 70 miles southwest of the Monterey Peninsula. This underwater mountain is home to large soft corals and sponges as well as crabs, fish and sea stars. The seamount is 8 miles wide and 26 miles long, rises 8,000 feet off the deep ocean floor and is the next destination for the exploration vessel Nautilus.
October 2, 2018 | BBC
And while the expedition is a commercial venture, it is a scientific one too: the group will use advanced 3D-modelling tools to analyse and preserve the memory of the Titanic for generations to come.
September 25, 2018 | Marine Technology News
Marine Technology Reporter catches up with Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D, Senior Director, Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE and members of the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team as the conclusion to the $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE fast approaches.
September 21, 2018 | The Washington Post
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the nation’s largest protected area, stretches over half-a-million square miles of sea and land in Hawaii. It also includes wonderfully odd and stretchy critters, as a research team aboard the exploration vessel Nautilus observed Thursday.
September 13, 2018 | The Canadian Press
Shell Canada Ltd. has given up its ocean exploration rights off northern Vancouver Island, clearing the way for the creation of Canada’s first protected marine area under the Canada Wildlife Act.
September 11, 2018 | The Washington Post
In their latest trip to the Atacama Trench, one of the deepest points in the Pacific Ocean, a team of scientists repeatedly lowered a device called a deep-sea lander overboard and watched as it sank into the cold, dark waters.
August 31, 2018 | NW News Network
Ocean researchers have found nearly 1,000 methane seep sites along the continental shelf of the Pacific Northwest. The bubble streams could be a sign of offshore energy potential, represent a greenhouse gas threat — or be neither of those things at all.
August 31, 2018 | News Deeply
In June, an expedition set off to explore a poorly understood region of the deep sea near the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. NOAA expedition coordinator Kasey Cantwell describes the discoveries that surprised scientists.
August 31, 2018 | Science Friday
NASA is exploring a deep-sea volcano off the coast of Hawaii as a test run for human and robotic missions to Mars and beyond. The mission, dubbed SUBSEA, or Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog, will examine microbial life on the Lō`ihi seamount.
August 30, 2018 | Marine Technology News
A recent expedition led by Dr. Blair Thornton, holding Associate Professorships at both the University of Southampton and the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, demonstrated how the use of autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence at sea can dramatically accelerate the exploration and study of hard to reach deep sea ecosystems, like intermittently active methane seeps.
August 29, 2018 | NBC News
In a discovery that significantly shifts scientists' thinking about coral formation, researchers have found a vast coral reef deep in the Atlantic Ocean some 160 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.
August 27, 2018 | Popular Science
Planned planetary missions like Europa Clipper and possible future missions to Enceladus could look for evidence of habitability, or maybe even microbial life in the oceans beneath those crusts, but before we arrive at these alien worlds to determine their habitability, NASA needs to better understand what these environments might be like. As it turns out, one of the best places to do this is right here on Earth.
August 25, 2018 | Huffington Post
As the research vessel Atlantis made its way out to sea from Woods Hole, Massachusetts, last week, expedition chief scientist Erik Cordes predicted the team would discover something no one has ever seen before. It didn’t take long.
August 23, 2018 | Fox News
Researchers at MIT have developed a system that helps solve a longstanding problem in wireless communication – how to send data directly from a submarine to a plane or drone.
August 16, 2018 | CNN
After 75 years, researchers have discovered the stern of a World War II destroyer off the coast of Alaska and presumably, the final resting place of 70 crew members who were never found after the vessel was hit by a Japanese mine.
August 15, 2018 | Washington Post
The the stern of the USS Abner Read was recently found the off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank during World War II after hitting a mine. Seventy-one Navy sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast.
August 7, 2018 | Mother Nature Network
If the planet stands any chance of keeping a secret from prying humans, it's deep in the oceans. In fact, we've long known there are sprawling ranges — called seamounts — deep underwater, many as breathtakingly grand as anything we've seen on terra firma. Being in the deepest depths, those clandestine cliffs and nebulous valleys elude not just human eyes, but even sea-probing satellites and sonar-equipped ships.
August 6, 2018 | Eos
A sensitive underwater microphone captures the sounds of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, escaping into waters off the coast of Oregon. Using this sound, researchers can estimate the bubbles’ sizes.
August 1, 2018 | PLoS ONE
Soft robotics is an emerging technology that has shown considerable promise in deep-sea marine biological applications. It is particularly useful in facilitating delicate interactions with fragile marine organisms. This study describes the shipboard design, 3D printing and integration of custom soft robotic manipulators for investigating and interacting with deep-sea organisms.
August 1, 2018 | Black Mountain News
Ocean scientists can face hazards on and below the surface of the sea that few of us on shore may ever know. Overcoming potential dangers such as hurricane-force winds, rare 60-foot “rogue waves,” and perhaps even icebergs, as well as facing the deep ocean’s near-freezing temperatures, total darkness and crushing pressure can be part of the job. All just to get to a workplace.
July 18, 2018 | The New York Times
A new invention could help marine scientists study sea creatures in their natural habitat more effectively without harming them in the process.
July 12, 2018 | People
Ever wonder what is hanging out below your feet in open water? Well, if you are swimming off the coast of the Carolinas a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Exploration and Research team has the answer, and you might not like it.
July 12, 2018 | Marine Technology News
In the first ever intentional hunt for a meteorite at sea, researchers set out to investigate the largest recorded meteorite to strike the United States in 21 years. They recovered from the ocean what are believed to be pieces of the dense, interstellar rock.
July 2, 2018 | Newsweek
On March 7, a minivan-sized meteor flashed through the skies at about nine miles per second before splitting up and splashing into the waters of the Pacific Ocean. NASA scientists are among those hunting for the fragments on the Ocean Exploration Trust's E/V Nautilus ship. NASA planetary scientist Marc Fries marked out a 0.4 square mile region of ocean some 330 feet deep to hunt for the meteorites.
June 28, 2018 | LiveScience
The suspenseful wait is over: The unusual "sonar anomaly" detected by an aquatic robot off the coast of North Carolina isn't a shipwreck, and it isn't aliens, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Rather, it's "geologic in origin," NOAA Ocean Explorer reported in a tweet yesterday (June 27).
June 26, 2018 | EurkeAlert!
A research team has successfully recorded the sound of methane bubbles from the seafloor off the Oregon coast using a hydrophone, opening the door to using acoustics to identify - and perhaps quantify - this important greenhouse gas in the ocean.
June 19, 2018 | Mashable
For centuries, sailors spoke about a tentacled monster called "the Kraken" that lurked in the oceans. "There were tales of them pulling ships and men to their death, which may have been partially true, although sailors tell tales," Edith Widder, a marine biologist, said in an interview. The Kraken, however, might exist — in the form of the elusive giant squid.
May 31, 2018 | Phys.org
For the past two years, scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have surveyed the Pacific Northwest near-shore region mapping sites where underwater bubble streams signify methane gas is being released from the seafloor.
April 20, 2018 | Live Science
Unusual deep-sea creatures seen for the first time can sometimes stump even a seasoned expert in marine biology. And in a recent video of an ocean dive in the Gulf of Mexico, an expert's off-camera exclamation revealed his surprised response to the appearance of a squid that had contorted itself into such a peculiar shape that it barely resembled a squid at all.
April 19, 2018 | Business Insider
The world's oceans cover 71% of the planet's surface, yet we've more thoroughly mapped the surface of Mars than we have the ocean floor. At the recent opening of an exhibit about exploring unseen parts of the ocean at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Investor Ray Dalio put the ocean's immensity into perspective.
April 2, 2018 | WeatherNation
It could be said that Earth’s oceans are the final frontier in exploration. More than 80 percent of the world’s oceans remain unexplored and unmapped. Compare that to the moon and Mars, which have both been mapped completely, and we are woefully behind in discovering what lies beneath.
February 26, 2018 | EcoWatch
To Shirley Pomponi the sea sponges lining her office shelves are more than colorful specimens; they're potentially lifesaving creatures, some of which could hold the complex secrets to cures for cancers and other diseases.
February 20, 2018 | Washington Post
A baby dumbo octopus is just like its parent, but tiny — which makes it even more adorable. The creature was seen for the first time in footage taken in 2005 by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ecologist Tim Shank. In the video and the accompanying research paper, published this week in the journal Current Biology, Shank and his colleagues report that within 10 minutes of hatching, the young octopus behaved like a fully grown adult.
February 20, 2018 | Smithsonian.com
Scientists’ understanding of the Dumbo octopus is relatively limited, but a new study in Current Biology sheds some light on the deep sea dwellers, detailing the first observations of dumbo octopus hatchlings. The biggest takeaway? Newly hatched Dumbo octopuses are nearly identical to their adult counterparts, which means their trademark fins are present from the very beginning.
February 20, 2018 | Smithsonian.com
Scientists’ understanding of the Dumbo octopus is relatively limited, but a new study in Current Biology sheds some light on the deep sea dwellers, detailing the first observations of dumbo octopus hatchlings. The biggest takeaway? Newly hatched Dumbo octopuses are nearly identical to their adult counterparts, which means their trademark fins are present from the very beginning.
February 9, 2018 | News Deeply
Research ships are vital for advancing marine science but are costly to operate. Oscar Pizarro, a scientist at the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and the Schmidt Ocean Institute, thinks automated expeditions are the future of ocean science.
January 24, 2018 | Business Insider
A team of Japanese scientists set a record catching the deepest-dwelling fish on camera more than 26,000 feet below the surface. The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), filmed a snailfish in late August in the Marianas Trench — the deepest zone of the Pacific Ocean — at 26,830 feet below the surface.
January 18, 2018 | ENN
A new study from the British Antarctic Survey shows how lanternfish, small bioluminescent fish, are likely to respond to the warming of the Southern Ocean.
January 15, 2018 | Business Insider
There's a spectacular, uncharted alien world right off the Gulf Coast, and a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) expedition sought to uncover its secrets. This past December, a NOAA team, aboard the Okeanos Explorer, conducted the first of three month-long studies of the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico, with the dual aim of exploring the diversity of deep-water habitats and mapping the seafloor.