Ocean Exploration News

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.

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  • Guest post: Why ocean depth is key for how warming will affect marine life 

    September 30, 2022  |  Carbon Brief

    The world’s oceans are home to more than 240,000 known species, each with specific conditions in which they need to thrive. However, human-caused climate change is altering the marine environment through changes in temperature, oxygen content and acidity levels, threatening the habitats of these species.

  • This new underwater camera is powered by sound 

    September 29, 2022  |  CBC

    What if you could photograph the deepest depths of the sea using a camera powered only by the ocean's soundscape? That's the end goal of a new prototype device developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — a wireless, battery-free underwater camera that runs on sound waves.

  • In the ocean’s twilight zone, a fish that could feed the world – or destroy it 

    September 29, 2022  |  The Guardian

    Lanternfish, the Earth’s most abundant vertebrates, may be the ultimate food source. But will catching them ruin the climate?

  • This ship tried to warn the Titanic about the iceberg. Now scientists have found its wreckage 

    September 28, 2022  |  CNN

    The wreck of a ship that tried to warn the RMS Titanic of the iceberg that sank it on its maiden voyage has been found at the bottom of the Irish Sea. The British merchant steamship SS Mesaba sent a warning radio message to the Titanic on April 15, 1912 while crossing the Atlantic. The message was received by the Titanic -- which was advertised as unsinkable -- but did not reach the main control center of the vessel.

  • Exploring MBARI and the Tech Behind Deep Sea Videos 

    September 16, 2022  |  Nerdist

    We here at Nerdist love watching videos about the ocean. Especially when there’s critters in them that we never even knew existed. Like the barreleye fish and its translucent head. Or the carnivorous harp sponge. Whether you want to learn or just vibe out to deep sea videos, there’s an amazing collection on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s (MBARI) YouTube channel. Scientists have described more than 240 new species based on footage and collections by MBARI. Jordan Peele even used some of them as inspiration while designing aliens for his film Nope. So we jumped at the chance to visit MBARI and see just how much science, technology, and manpower is behind those wonderful deep sea videos.

  • The centuries-long quest to map the seafloor’s hidden secrets 

    September 14, 2022  |  Popular Science

    Ocean explorers have long tried to survey the contours of the seafloor, but today's charts still pale in comparison to those of distant planets.

  • Discovered in the deep: the crustacean with eyes for a head 

    September 14, 2022  |  The Guardian

    Shrimp-like Cystisoma are protected from predators by being virtually invisible – thanks to unique retina and a body that casts almost no shadow.

  • Who Owns the Ocean’s Genes? Tension on the High Seas 

    September 12, 2022  |  Scientific American

    After nearly two weeks of recent United Nations negotiations in New York City, countries from around the world failed to finalize an ambitious treaty that would create enormous marine protected areas and enforce stricter rules for industry on the high seas—the two thirds of the ocean beyond any country’s exclusive ocean territory. The deal faltered in the final hours, mainly over an issue that has long dogged international ocean talks: how to share profits from commercializing the high seas’ genetic resources.

  • Fact check: NASA continues to explore ocean, did not stop in 1978 

    September 9, 2022  |  USA Today

    Some social media users are sharing a YouTube video that claims NASA halted ocean exploration efforts in 1978.

  • How marine predators find food hot spots in open ocean 'deserts' 

    September 7, 2022  |  Science Daily

    A new study finds that marine predators, such as tunas, billfishes and sharks, aggregate in anticyclonic, clockwise-rotating ocean eddies (mobile, coherent bodies of water). As these anticyclonic eddies move throughout the open ocean, the study suggests that the predators are also moving with them, foraging on the high deep-ocean biomass contained within.

  • An intense marine heat wave is setting ocean temperature records in the North Atlantic 

    September 7, 2022  |  NBC News

    As climate change causes the pace of warming to accelerate, scientists are concerned about the potential consequences for marine ecosystems, sea-level rise and extreme weather.

  • Discovered in the deep: the ‘Elvis worms’ that sparkle in the darkness 

    September 7, 2022  |  The Guardian

    Nearly 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) underwater in the Pescadero basin in the Gulf of California lie some of the Pacific’s deepest hydrothermal vents – and they’re covered in small iridescent worms. “You’ll see little pink sparkly worms, blue ones, red ones, black ones and white ones,” says Avery Hiley, a graduate researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.

  • What is this thing? ‘Blue goo’ found on floor of Caribbean Sea stumps NOAA explorers 

    September 5, 2022  |  Miami Herald

    An alien-looking “goo” creature is growing on the floor of the Caribbean Sea and it bears more than a slight resemblance to the shapeless 1950s science fiction monster The Blob. Scientists with NOAA Ocean Exploration made the discovery, but were at a loss as to what to call it — or even what category of life it fits into.

  • NOAA seeks new members for Ocean Exploration Advisory Board, welcomes others

    September 1, 2022  |  NOAA Research

    NOAA is seeking up to two new members for its Ocean Exploration Advisory Board, a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on matters pertaining to ocean exploration. The panel advises NOAA on strategic planning, exploration priorities, competitive ocean exploration grant programs and other matters as requested.

  • How my exploration of the Titanic led to a realization about the future of spaceflight 

    August 31, 2022  |  The Hill

    In July, I took part as a scientist in a commercial deep sea company’s amazing dive to explore the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, over 12,000 feet beneath the North Atlantic. Next year, I am scheduled to fly to space aboard commercial space company Virgin Galactic to conduct a suborbital research mission for NASA. Both of these activities are examples of modern-day exploration using high tech vehicles that didn’t exist until recent years.

  • Never-before-seen details of Titanic shipwreck revealed with new 8K video 

    August 31, 2022  |  CBS News

    Nearly 40 years after the discovery of the RMS Titanic shipwreck, newly released video is providing new details about the ship that sunk over a century ago.

  • Discovered in the deep: the incredible fish with a transparent head 

    August 31, 2022  |  The Guardian

    In the ocean’s shadowy twilight zone, between 600 and 800 metres beneath the surface, there are fish that gaze upwards through their transparent heads with eyes like mesmerising emerald orbs. These domes are huge spherical lenses that sit on a pair of long, silvery eye tubes – hence its common name, the barreleye fish (Macropinna microstoma).

  • There's a 'Lost City' Deep in The Ocean, And It's a Place Unlike Anywhere Else 

    August 25, 2022  |  Science Alert

    Close to the summit of an underwater mountain west of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a jagged landscape of towers rises from the gloom. Their creamy carbonate walls and columns appear ghostly blue in the light of a remotely operated vehicle sent to explore.

  • Searching The Ocean's Depths For Future Medicines 

    August 24, 2022  |  NPR

    We are headed to the deep sea today, off the west coast of Ireland. Sam Afoullouss is one of just a handful of people who've seen what lives down there, a mile or more below the surface.

  • In the ocean's twilight zone, this diver is discovering vibrant new species 

    August 23, 2022  |  CNN

    Hundreds of feet below the ocean's surface, somewhere between the dark ocean floor and the bright blue shallows, lies the twilight zone. It's a world of the unknown, but in some tropical and subtropical waters coral reefs thrive. Very few scientists have ventured to these deep reefs, known technically as mesophotic coral ecosystems, meaning "middle light," and many assumed that the lack of light and chilly temperatures meant few species could exist there.

  • Discovered in the deep: the worm that eats bones 

    August 22, 2022  |  The Guardian

    The deep sea is home to a group of animals that look like tiny plants. They have no mouths, no stomachs and no anuses. They live inside a tube with a feathery red plume sticking out of one end and a clump of roots at the other.

  • Uncrewed Saildrone to Explore Remote Alaskan Waters 

    August 22, 2022  |  Marine Technology News

    On August 11, 2022, the Saildrone Surveyor departed Dutch Harbor in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, embarking on a multipartner project to better understand the ocean and seafloor in one of the most remote and understudied parts of the United States. NOAA Ocean Exploration and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) are the primary sponsors of this work.

  • Surprise Discovery: Sleeping Giant Could End Deep Ocean Life 

    August 17, 2022  |  SciTechDaily

    A previously overlooked factor — the position of continents — helps fill Earth’s oceans with life-supporting oxygen. Continental movement could ultimately have the opposite effect, killing the majority of deep ocean creatures.

  • Significant progress made on mapping Papahānaumokuākea seafloor 

    August 17, 2022  |  Hawaii Public Radio

    Exploration Vessel Nautilus has mapped over 8,000 square miles of the seafloor in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The world heritage site is 582,578 square miles, but less than 30% of its seafloor is mapped.

  • See the Bizarre Creatures Living in a Deep-Sea Mountain Range 

    August 15, 2022  |  Gizmodo

    An undersea expedition is surveying the Mid-Atlantic Ridge for the first time. They're capturing astounding footage of marine life.

  • Discovered in the deep: the mini cities of hairy-chested Hoff crabs 

    August 15, 2022  |  The Guardian

    Discovered 2,500 metres deep, and named after former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, these crabs live in one of the Earth’s most extreme habitats.

  • Scientists Discover New Species of Deep-Sea Isopod 

    August 9, 2022  |  Discover Magazine

    Deep-sea species tend to outgrow their shallow-sea counterparts. Whatever the cause of their increased size, whether the colder temperatures, the reduced pressures of predation or the increased scarcity of food in the ocean depths, animals such as crustaceans and cephalopods simply become bigger the deeper that they swim.

  • New model sheds light on day/night cycle in the global ocean 

    August 9, 2022  |  Phys.org

    Phytoplankton is the foundation of all life on the planet. Understanding how these photosynthetic organisms react to their ocean environment is important to understanding the rest of the food web.

  • This Shaggy Deep-Sea Creature Looks Like an Undulating Wad of Orange Spaghetti 

    August 6, 2022  |  Science Alert

    A bizarre seafloor creature covered with luminous orange, spaghetti-like tentacles recently made its internet debut in newly released video footage. The unusual pom-pom-shaped creature is actually a type of segmented marine worm known as a polychaete, and it belongs to an appropriately named group: spaghetti worms.

  • Exploration Is Fundamental to Human Success 

    August 1, 2022  |  Scientific American

    Schoolbooks typically present explorers as intrepid individuals who, at the behest of colonizing leaders, sail wooden ships to new lands, ride on horseback across uncharted mountains or slash their way through the jungle. But today most explorers who are making fundamental discoveries are scientists. And whether the frontiers are minuscule, like the human genome, or massive, like our deepest oceans, we still have much left to learn about planet Earth. The quests that modern scientists pursue rival anything in a history book or an adventure novel.

  • Hope for New Drugs Arises from the Sea 

    August 1, 2022  |  Scientific American

    After completing six long rounds of chemotherapy, 75-year-old Pedro R. L. received the news he and his family had been hoping for: his chronic lymphocytic leukemia was in complete remission. But while his body was still recovering, he contracted COVID-19. He was admitted to the Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital on January 30, 2021. Initial treatments failed, and by February 25 he had developed severe pneumonia. That's when his doctor, Pablo Guisado, recommended they try plitidepsin, a potent antiviral compound in a phase 3 clinical trial for treating hospitalized COVID patients.

  • ‘They look almost human made.’ NOAA finds weird lines of holes in Mid-Atlantic floor 

    July 28, 2022  |  Miami Herald

    Scientists exploring a submerged mountain range in the Mid-Atlantic stumbled onto something they can’t explain: An organized series of holes punched in the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Scientists find 30 potential new species at bottom of ocean 

    July 26, 2022  |  The Guardian

    Researchers from the UK’s Natural History Museum used a remotely operated vehicle to collect specimens from the abyssal plains of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the central Pacific. Previously, creatures from this area had been studied only from photographs.

  • ECU maritime researchers receive grant to study Alaskan battle site from World War II 

    July 25, 2022  |  Reflector

    Researchers at East Carolina University have received more than $700,000 in grant funding to explore the site of the only World War II battle fought on North American soil.

  • The Bold Journey to Reveal Every Dark Inch of the Ocean Floor 

    July 22, 2022  |  The Daily Beast

    The water is murky as lights from an unmanned submersible shine on the seafloor, more than 10,000 feet below the surface. As the vehicle slowly moves through the depths of the Davidson Seamount off the coast of central California, a team of researchers observing everything remotely murmur in excitement as a giant corpse slowly comes into focus on the camera.

  • Deadly pool discovered at bottom of ocean kills everything that swims into it 

    July 22, 2022  |  New York Post

    Scientists have discovered a real-life “deadpool” at the bottom of the Red Sea — one that kills almost every creature that swims into it.

  • Explorers Have Reached The Bottom Of The Yap And Palau Trenches For The First Time 

    July 21, 2022  |  IFL Science

    No humans had visited the Yap and Palau Trenches until the last few weeks, when explorer Victor Vescovo was accompanied to the bottom of Yap Trench by Master Navigator Sesario Sewralur of Micronesia for the Yap, reaching a depth of around 8,929 meters (29,295 feet). Former President of Palau, Thomas Rememngesau, joined Vescovo in the dive to the lowest point of the Palau trench at 8,027 meters (26,335 feet).

  • Watch Live: NOAA's 'Voyage to the Ridge' Deep Ocean Expeditions 

    July 20, 2022  |  Gizmodo

    An expedition to map and survey a little-understood region of the Atlantic Ocean is underway this week. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and partner groups are sending a two-part, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) on a series of deep ocean dives as part of a mission called “Voyage to the Ridge 2022.”

  • 'Thrilling Discovery': Surprising Sea Creature Spotted in Pacific 

    July 15, 2022  |  CNET

    I'll admit, I'd never heard of a Solumbellula sea pen until today, when I saw a tweet from the Exploration Vessel Nautilus showing an intriguing tentacle-y creature with a long thin stalk reaching down to the ocean floor. I was immediately enchanted. The Nautilus team called it "a thrilling discovery."

  • These robots could search for life in our solar system's ocean worlds 

    July 14, 2022  |  CNN

    Ocean worlds in our solar system are attractive places in the search for life beyond Earth. Beneath a thick, icy shell, Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus likely harbor oceans, scientists believe. On Earth, the oceans teem with life, but is the same scenario possible on these frosty moons?

  • The Case for Popularizing Ocean Science 

    July 13, 2022  |  Nautilus

    Carlie Wiener is used to early mornings. It started with dolphins. Wiener would rise before daybreak to observe Hawaiian spinner dolphins as part of her dissertation on human-dolphin interaction—research that played a role in providing stronger protection for spinner dolphins. Today, Wiener, who is based in Oahu, Hawaii, is Schmidt Ocean Institute’s director of communications and engagement strategy, but still gets up well before sunrise to speak with marine science collaborators all over the world, sharing news of the strange and awe-inspiring discoveries made by Schmidt’s cutting-edge research vessel.

  • Atlantic Ocean nations join pact to cooperate on marine science

    July 13, 2022  |  NOAA Research

    The United States joined with leaders of six nations and the European Union today in Washington, D.C., to sign the All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance (AAORIA) Declaration, in which the nations pledge to cooperate on ocean research for the environmental health and sustainable development of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • 2022 UN Ocean Conference sets off new wave of ocean action 

    July 8, 2022  |  World Economic Forum

    The 2022 UN Ocean Conference was a long time coming, with pandemic-induced delays, but it did not disappoint. Taking place in Lisbon, co-hosted by the Governments of Portugal and Kenya, the event spotlighted the progress made so far in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal for the Ocean, SDG14 – highlighting ongoing challenges alongside the countless new solutions that are emerging to complement multistakeholder action.

  • One deep sea mine could send noise 500km across the ocean – report 

    July 8, 2022  |  The Guardian

    Noise pollution from proposed deep-sea mining could radiate through the ocean for hundreds of kilometres, scientists predict, creating a “cylinder of sound” from the surface to the sea bed.

  • While Oceans Cover 70 Per Cent of Earth’s Surface, Understanding Has Lagged, Speakers in Lisbon Dialogue Stress, Offering Ways to Close Knowledge Gap 

    June 30, 2022  |  United Nations

    While oceans cover 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface, providing food and livelihoods for 3 billion people, current understanding of its vast biochemical processes has not kept pace with the rapid changes it is experiencing, speakers in the sixth Lisbon dialogue stressed today, as they outlined a range of scientific and other initiatives to close the knowledge gap.

  • Almost a quarter of the ocean floor is now mapped 

    June 30, 2022  |  Engadget

    Roughly 25 percent (23.4 percent to be exact) of the Earth’s sea floor has been mapped, thanks to an international initiative known as Seabed 2030. Relying largely on voluntary contributions of bathymetric data (or ocean topography) by governments, companies and research institutions, the project is part of a larger UN-led initiative called The Ocean Decade. Seabed 2030 hopes to map 100 percent of the ocean floor by 2030, which researchers say will be possible thanks to advances in technology and corralling already available data. Over the past year alone, Seabed 2030 has added measurements for around 3.8 million square miles (roughly the size of Europe) primarily through newly opened archives, rather than active mapping efforts.

  • Swarm of Tiny Swimming Robots Could Look for Life on Distant Worlds

    June 28, 2022  |  NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Someday, a swarm of cellphone-size robots could whisk through the water beneath the miles-thick icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa or Saturn’s moon Enceladus, looking for signs of alien life. Packed inside a narrow ice-melting probe that would tunnel through the frozen crust, the tiny robots would be released underwater, swimming far from their mothercraft to take the measure of a new world.

  • Scientists film a jellyfish with a belly full of prey in the deep sea 

    June 25, 2022  |  Mashable

    Biologists spotted a deep sea critter that just devoured a hefty meal. The Monterey Bay Aquatic Research Institute (MBARI) recently tweeted deep sea archival footage of a jellyfish with its stomach filled with food. Scientists say the prey would have most likely been krill, which are tiny shrimp-like creatures with hard shells. As jellies are transparent, it’s pretty common to see them with something in their stomach, said Steven Haddock, a marine biologist at MBARI who observed this creature in June 2018 during a dive in Monterey Bay.

  • This Ancient Vampire of The Deep Ocean Really Sucked 

    June 23, 2022  |  Science Alert

    A fearsome 'vampire' predator that lurked in Earth's oceans more than 160 million years ago probably did actually suck its prey, at least in a sense. A new analysis of exceptionally well-preserved fossils of a small cephalopod named Vampyronassa rhodanica, related to modern vampire squids (neither actually vampires, nor squids), reveals the presence of muscular suckers that the beastie likely used for snaring and manipulating prey.

  • Tapping the ocean as a source of natural products 

    June 22, 2022  |  ScienceDaily

    Using DNA data, researchers have examined seawater to find not only new species of bacteria, but also previously unknown natural products that may one day prove beneficial.

  • Ocean literacy and unlocking a revolution in ocean science solutions 

    June 20, 2022  |  UN News

    The ocean holds the keys to an equitable and sustainable development path for all. This is the premise behind the UN Ocean Decade and it will be in the spotlight during several major international summits this year to promote ocean health, including the UN Ocean Conference, which is set to open soon in Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Why the US military is listening to shrimp 

    June 17, 2022  |  BBC

    Whale skeletons stand guard around the coastline of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, a stark reminder of the damaging effects of military sonar. Sonar from ships and submarines is thought to be one of the contributing factors to whale strandings, confusing the whales' own sonar and casuing them to beach themselves on the shore.

  • Flying Fish & OceanX present new ocean exploration touring exhibition 

    June 15, 2022  |  BlooLoop

    Flying Fish, a leading producer of touring museum and science centre exhibitions, has partnered with nonprofit ocean exploration organization OceanX to announce the launch of OceanXperience, a unique and immersive touring museum exhibition that aims to raise awareness of the world’s oceans.

  • 'Factorian Deep,' the new deepest point in Antarctica's Southern Ocean, mapped for the first time 

    June 14, 2022  |  Live Science

    Researchers have published the most detailed map of Antarctica's frigid Southern Ocean to date, including the ocean's new deepest point, the "Factorian Deep," which sits nearly 24,400 feet (7,437 meters) below the sea surface.

  • Seals use whiskers to track prey in deep ocean, study shows 

    June 13, 2022  |  The Guardian

    When they are in the deep, dark ocean, seals use their whiskers to track down their prey, a study has confirmed after observing the sea mammals in their natural habitat.

  • Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist sets sail across the Atlantic

    June 9, 2022  |  U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Watch

    June 8 was World Oceans Day, a day to appreciate the huge body of saltwater that covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface. This month, Dr. Ashton Flinders, research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), will be co-leading a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Exploration expedition to a section of the Atlantic Ocean floor.

  • National Marine Sanctuary Planned for Massive Ocean Canyon off New York, New Jersey 

    June 9, 2022  |  The Weather Channel

    A vast underwater ravine off the coasts of New York and New Jersey could soon become a national marine sanctuary. Hudson Canyon sits about 100 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. It's more than 7 miles wide and 2.5 miles deep at its largest point. It's home to many protected and threatened species, including sperm whales, corals and sea turtles, and is important for fisheries, recreational diving, whale watching and birding, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • As the ocean heats up hungrier predators take control 

    June 9, 2022  |  Science Daily

    A hotter ocean is a hungrier ocean -- at least as far as fish predators are concerned. Scientists have discovered predator impacts in the Atlantic and Pacific peak at higher temperatures. The effects cascade down to transform other life in the ocean, potentially disrupting balances that have existed for millennia.

  • Hedge fund titan, Ray Dalio, on taking the plunge into ocean exploration 

    June 9, 2022  |  CNN

    CNN's Richard Quest spoke to the founder of the world's biggest hedge-fund firm, who is investing in what he calls the planet's most important asset: the ocean.

  • Esri's Dawn Wright Will Journey to Challenger Deep with Explorer Victor Vescovo 

    June 8, 2022  |  Business Wire

    On or about July 12, a two-person team will descend nearly 36,000 feet into the Pacific Ocean to capture images and data from the Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the Earth's ocean. The expedition team will include Victor Vescovo, undersea explorer and founder of the ocean research company Caladan Oceanic, as pilot and Dr. Dawn Wright as mission specialist. The expedition will be led and coordinated by expedition leader Rob McCallum, founder of EYOS Expeditions.

  • Taking a Virtual Plunge With the E/V Nautilus 

    June 7, 2022  |  GeekDad

    I’ve been following the E/V Nautilus and their live-streamed exploration from the depths of our oceans for the past couple of years. On June 8th, you’ll be able to connect live with the E/V Nautilus team. In honor of World Ocean Day, the Corps of Explorers team of scientists, researchers, and explorers will answer your questions submitted on http://nautiluslive.org.

  • U.S. Warship Found in 'Astounding Condition' After 160 Years on Sea Floor 

    June 6, 2022  |  Newsweek

    A U.S. warship has been found to be in "astounding condition" after 160 years resting on the sea floor off the coast of North Carolina. On New Year's Eve 1862, at the height of the Civil War, the fledgling ironclad Union Navy warship USS Monitor foundered and sank 16 miles off Cape Hatteras on the North Carolina coast, having become overwhelmed by a storm. Sixteen men died, many going down with the ship's turret.

  • 20,000 Viruses Under The Sea: Mapping The Ocean’s Viral Ecosystem 

    June 3, 2022  |  Science Friday

    The ocean is the largest region of the planet and remains a source of newly discovered species. But what do you do with a treasure trove of new viruses? A research team wrote in Science last month about finding thousands of new RNA viruses, and five new taxonomic phyla, in water samples from around the globe.

  • Uncrewed ocean gliders and saildrones are revolutionizing hurricane forecasting 

    June 2, 2022  |  Tech Xplore

    With forecasters at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (a division of the National Weather Service) predicting above-average hurricane activity this year, a paper published in the peer review magazine Oceanography shows that robotic ocean observing platforms can improve intensity forecasts for hurricanes and tropical storms and should be supported as a crucial component of the ocean infrastructure designed to protect the lives of coastal residents and mitigate the economic impact from storms.

  • A Proclamation on National Ocean Month, 2022 

    May 31, 2022  |  The White House

    From the air we breathe to the food we eat, our magnificent ocean touches every aspect of our lives. It helps regulate the climate, supports millions of jobs, and serves as a place for exploration, commerce, and recreation. As it sustains and connects us, the ocean is woven into the cultures of local and Indigenous coastal and island communities. During National Ocean Month, we celebrate the beauty and bounty of our ocean and reaffirm our commitment to protecting and conserving our marine environments for a sustainable future.

  • Genome Spotlight: Giant Isopod (Bathynomus jamesi

    May 26, 2022  |  The Scientist

    Like many deep-sea animals, giant isopods (genus Bathynomus) look like they’re ready to star in a B-horror movie. Yet, they’ve become charismatic marine ambassadors in aquariums around the world—in some places, you can even pet one! Now, they’re also helping scientists better understand how species adapt to the dark depths, thanks to a high-quality genome sequence published May 13 in BMC Biology.

  • An ocean first: Underwater drone tracks CO2 in Alaska gulf 

    May 26, 2022  |  Associated Press

    In the cold, choppy waters of Alaska’s Resurrection Bay, all eyes were on the gray water, looking for one thing only. It wasn’t a spout from humpback whales that power through this scenic fjord, or a sea otter lazing on its back, munching a king crab. Instead, everyone aboard the Nanuq, a University of Alaska Fairbanks research vessel, was looking where a 5-foot (1.52-meter) long, bright pink underwater sea glider surfaced.

  • Engineers on E/V Nautilus expedition test 3 remotely operated vehicles 

    May 26, 2022  |  Hawaii Public Radio

    Exploration Vessel Nautilus has concluded its third expedition for this year. The Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute led the most recent mission to advance the tools used in its work. Engineers tested three remotely operated vehicles in waters south of the main Hawaiian Islands.

  • Alien shopping-bag ocean weirdo has glowing Cheetos for guts 

    May 20, 2022  |  Live Science

    Resembling an alien shopping bag with guts made of glowing Cheetos, a bizarre creature took center stage in new footage captured by a remotely operated vehicle deep in the Pacific Ocean.

  • Why The Titanic Wreck Discoverer's Mom Was Worried 

    May 12, 2022  |  Investor's Business Daily

    You'd think discovering the long-lost Titanic would impress Robert Ballard's mother. Apparently not. After finding the remains of the legendary lost luxury liner, a search that stymied other explorers for decades, his mom lamented: "Now they're only going to remember you for discovering that rusty old boat."

  • REV Ocean Unveils New Deep-diving Crewed Submersible 

    May 10, 2022  |  HydroInternational

    he world’s deepest diving three-person acrylic submersible was officially named Aurelia at the end of April 2022 and will soon go through sea trials as it gets prepared for its first missions. The ‘first-of-its-class’ sub was built by Triton Submarines for REV Ocean, and the final assembly took place at the Triton facility in San Cugat, Spain. A deep-submergence vehicle (DSV) is a deep-diving crewed submersible that is self-propelled.

  • Weird 'Yellow Brick Road' Discovered at Bottom of the Ocean 

    May 9, 2022  |  Newsweek

    Ocean explorers have found a natural volcanic structure deep underwater that has the appearance of a mythical man-made road. The underwater structure was discovered by marine scientists aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, who were using a remotely operated vehicle to peek at underwater structures known as seamounts—mountains formed by volcanic activity.

  • Piloting remotely operated vehicle from shore opens up deep-sea exploration 

    May 5, 2022  |  WorkBoat

    During a recent expedition on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ship Okeanos Explorer, an engineer on shore, over 1,000 miles away from the ship, successfully piloted a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to explore the deep ocean. A first for NOAA Ocean Exploration and the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, this test of piloting an ROV from shore opens new possibilities for deep-ocean exploration.

  • 'Unusual' Deep-Sea Jellyfish Species Discovered in Pacific Ocean's Midnight Zone 

    April 28, 2022  |  People

    A recently discovered deep-sea jellyfish is leaving scientists stunned. According to a video posted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), the newly identified deep-sea jellyfish species — called Atolla reynoldsi — is part of the Atolla jellyfish family.

  • 7 ocean mysteries scientists haven’t solved yet 

    April 22, 2022  |  Vox

    The Earth is mainly a water world — more than 70 percent of its surface is covered by oceans — and yet we know so little about what resides beneath the waves. The ocean, in this light, is like an alien world within our own. Many of its creatures are still unknown to us — both in kind and number. Their behaviors and adaptations remain inexplicable. Even the very contours of this world are still unmapped: We probably know more about the surface of Mars than we know about the ocean floor.

  • On This Earth Day, Remember The Ocean. 

    April 22, 2022  |  Forbes

    The climate conversation has never been more ubiquitous. With rampant wild fires occurring in the most surprising locations causing unthinkable destruction to the harshest of winters in the unlikeliest areas, we are seeing the ravaging effects of a climate and planet neglected.

  • Deepest sediment core collected in the Atlantic Ocean 

    April 21, 2022  |  Science Daily

    A team of scientists, engineers, and ship's crew on the research vessel Neil Armstrong operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently collected a 38-foot-long cylindrical sediment sample from the deepest part of the Puerto Rico Trench, nearly 5 miles below the surface.

  • A gold rush in the deep sea raises questions about the authority charged with protecting it 

    April 19, 2022  |  Los Angles Times

    The startup’s pitch was simple and cinematic: The mining company would send large robots to explore the bottom of the ocean and harvest minerals millions of years old that could be used to make electric car batteries.

  • NOAA’s OECI Takes Delivery of iXblue DriX Uncrewed Surface Vehicle 

    April 14, 2022  |  The American Surveyor

    The University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (UNH CCOM), as a member of the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI), funded by NOAA Ocean Exploration, has taken delivery of an iXblue DriX Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) and its Universal Deployment System. The autonomous solution will help expand the footprint and efficiency of the OECI’s ocean exploration operations.

  • Marine geochemist seeks to unravel how carbon is stored in the ocean 

    April 14, 2022  |  News@TheU

    Hilary Close, an ocean sciences assistant professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, is using a unique strategy to understand how carbon is transferred through living things into the deep ocean.

  • 'Dumbo' Octopus Sightings Give Rare Peek at These Cute Creatures of the Deep 

    April 14, 2022  |  CNET

    The ocean has a reputation for harboring eerie-looking animals like angler fish and giant mystery squid. But let's not overlook the bounty of charming critters that also dwell below the waves. Dumbo octopuses are cephalopods with ear-like fins that make them resemble Disney's flying elephant. Very cute.

  • Study of shrimp eyes opens window into life in the deep sea 

    April 11, 2022  |  Coastal Review

    Tiny, glowing shrimp that live in oceans’ darkest depths are shedding light on how life operates in one of the final frontiers, the deep sea. Research examining the eye size of more than 16 species of planktonic, almost transparent shrimp called sergestid shrimps, is revealing how animals of the deep have adapted to surviving in low light.

  • A Shipwreck, a Robot and an Archival Treasure Hunt Reveal the Diverse History of the Whaling Industry 

    April 7, 2022  |  Smithsonian Magazine

    Free Black Americans and Native Americans once worked on the “Industry,” a whaling ship whose wreck was recently identified in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Toothy Anglerfish Filmed at Bottom of Ocean, Over 3,000 Feet from Surface 

    April 5, 2022  |  Newsweek

    A "toothy" anglerfish has been filmed on the bottom of the seafloor, about 3,000 feet from the surface. The footage was taken at the Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge. This is a protected area just over 900 miles southwest of Hawai'i. It is considered one of the most pristine coral reef atoll ecosystems in the world.

  • Groundbreaking Virtual Aquarium Brings Deep-Sea to the Surface 

    April 5, 2022  |  ECO Magazine

    The World Ocean Observatory (W2O) and Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) announced the launch of World Ocean Explorer DEEP SEA exhibit, creating a first-of-its kind immersive virtual aquarium showcasing deep-sea discoveries. THE DEEP SEA is an educational, interactive online platform for ocean exploration and discovery, utilizing high-resolution video, models, and descriptive materials of newly discovered deep-sea ocean species and environments observed during science expeditions aboard research vessel Falkor with the underwater robot (ROV) SuBastian.

  • Scientists can predict carbon transfer in the ocean based on deep-diving tiny organisms 

    March 31, 2022  |  Phys.org

    Call them hitchhikers; the microbes that latch onto particles at the ocean's surface have a big job. They ride along until they reach the bottom, transferring carbon to the deepest waters of the ocean. The journey can take weeks to months, though estimating the rate has been a challenge—until now.

  • Deep-Sea Exploration Could Help Us Fight the Next Pandemic 

    March 25, 2022  |  Eos

    Deep-ocean-dwelling microbes may hold keys to improved medical diagnostics and new drugs for fighting diseases. But we must search Earth’s most extreme habitats to find them.

  • Scientists Spot 'Unidentified Gelatinous Creature,' Video Captures Their Joy 

    March 25, 2022  |  CNET

    Few things bring me as much glee as listening to marine scientists lose their minds over the wild and enchanting creatures they find deep under the ocean waves. The crew of the Exploration Vessel Nautilus shared a highlight reel video from a recent remote-operated vehicle dive at the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Ocean. It shows a wonderland of strange and mysterious creatures.

  • 207-year-old whaling ship discovered in the Gulf of Mexico 

    March 23, 2022  |  CNN

    The discovery of a 207-year-old whaling ship in the Gulf of Mexico is shedding light on the history of its Black and Native American crew members in the early 1800s. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and partners discovered Industry, a two-masted, 64-foot wooden brig on February 25 off the coast of Pascagoula, Mississippi.

  • Odd circular shape beneath the ocean in Google Earth images is probably not aliens 

    March 23, 2022  |  Live Science

    A circular shape on the seafloor visible on Google Earth is raising cries of "UFO," but chances are ...it's not aliens.

  • EV Nautilus sets off 2022 ocean exploration 

    March 21, 2022  |  Hawaii Public Radio

    Exploration Vessel Nautilus has begun an eight-month deep-sea expedition. The ship is carrying a team of researchers, educators, and crew members through areas of the Pacific Ocean surrounding Hawaiʻi. Expedition leaders hope to bring new findings to light on geology and marine biology.

  • How A Scientist Overcame Challenges To Be A Global Ocean Expert 

    March 17, 2022  |  Investor's Business Daily

    Dawn Wright grew up on Maui — surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Hawaiian volcanos. It's only fitting she's now the top geologist and oceanographer overseeing the world's most valuable set of ocean data.

  • Senator Padilla Announces $600K Grant to AltaSea for Hands-On Blue Economy Educational Programs 

    March 16, 2022  |  Business Wire

    Senator Alex Padilla (CA) has announced that he has secured $600,000 in funding for AltaSea’s Ocean STEM Pathways program at the Port of Los Angeles, a major win for the nonprofit and the Los Angeles community. AltaSea is the only nonprofit organization in Los Angeles focused on climate change and job creation to receive this federal community project funding.

  • The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance Shipwreck Is a Pivotal Moment 

    March 16, 2022  |  Business Wire

    Scientific expeditions rarely focus on only one subject. The Endurance22 voyage’s main goal to uncover the shipwreck of the long-lost Ernest Shackleton vessel Endurance was a success because it is now found. But there was also a lot of important science done along the way. The multinational team broke records and collected samples in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Information they collected about weather forecasting, ice coverage, and even ship engineering is invaluable to future exploration in the Southern Ocean.

  • The US needs open ocean data to avoid an innovation wipeout 

    March 16, 2022  |  The Hill

    The last decade has seen a surge of activity and interest involving the world’s oceans. Exciting examples include the recent discovery of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship the HMS Endurance at a depth of 10,000 feet in the Weddell Sea, record-setting submersible diver Victor Vescovo’s mind-blowing descents into the world’s deepest ocean trenches, as well as an upsurge in ocean-based, post-pandemic tourism and recreation.

  • Newly discovered rainbow-colored fish lives in the ocean's 'twilight zone' 

    March 10, 2022  |  CNN

    Far beneath the waves surrounding the Maldives, there's a living rainbow in the ocean's "twilight zone." Say hello to the rose-veiled fairy wrasse, a colorful species of fish that's new to science.

  • In the dark, freezing ocean under Antarctica’s largest ice shelf, we discovered a thriving microbial jungle 

    March 10, 2022  |  The Conversation

    Antarctica represents one of the last frontiers for discoveries on Earth. Our focus is on what lies beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica’s massive wedge of floating ice that shelters the southern-most extension of the Southern Ocean.

  • Shackleton’s ship Endurance discovered after more than 100 years at the bottom of the sea 

    March 9, 2022  |  PBS News Hour

    Off the coast of Antarctica, deep underwater, researchers have discovered the British ship called “Endurance," the vessel that launched one of the most remarkable stories of survival and determination. William Brangham reports.

  • Scientists find octopus ancestor that predates dinosaurs and name it after President Biden 

    March 8, 2022  |  LA Times

    Scientists have found the oldest known ancestor of octopuses — an approximately 330-million-year-old fossil unearthed in Montana. The researchers concluded the ancient creature lived millions of years earlier than previously believed, meaning that octopuses originated before the era of dinosaurs.

  • A Network Of International Space Stations Of The Ocean Is Underway 

    March 8, 2022  |  Screen Rant

    Living and working under the ocean in a futuristic habitat could become possible thanks to a new network that's currently in development. Jacques Cousteau was a pioneer of ocean exploration and known for bringing the wonders of the ocean's depths to the public through documentaries. Cousteau's grandson, Fabien Cousteau, has been following in the same footsteps and is now gearing up for the ultimate mission, life underwater.

  • Some deep-sea octopuses aren’t the long-haul moms scientists thought they were 

    March 7, 2022  |  ScienceNews

    Octopuses living in the deep sea off the coast of California are breeding far faster than expected. The animals lay their eggs near geothermal springs, and the warmer water speeds up embryonic development, researchers report February 28 at the virtual 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting. That reproductive sleight of hand means that the octopus moms brood for less than two years, instead of the estimated 12.

  • NOAA Launches Search for B-29 Graveyard in the Pacific Ocean 

    February 28, 2022  |  War History Online

    Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are conducting a search of the Pacific Ocean for what’s been dubbed the largest graveyard of aircraft downed during the Second World War.

  • Aquanaut Breaks Down Ocean Exploration Scenes From Movies & TV 

    February 23, 2022  |  Yahoo! News

    Aquanaut Fabien Cousteau breaks down clips from movies and tv about ocean exploration, and explains just how accurate they really are. Are submarines really yellow like The Beatles's "Yellow Submarine"? What makes the Titanic shipwreck so legendary? Can sharks be as intelligent as the ones seen in "Deep Blue Sea"? How much was "The Life Aquatic" based on Jacques Cousteau?

  • Oxygen Levels Measured in a Lung of the Deep Ocean 

    February 23, 2022  |  Eos

    The Labrador Sea plays a vital role in supplying oxygen to deep-sea life across the world. Now, a Canadian-German team has, for the first time, measured the amount of oxygen exiting the Labrador Sea basin, using data from a deep-ocean current.

  • Take a look at the deepest known squid, just found 

    February 21, 2022  |  Freethink

    During an expedition in the Gulf of Mexico, NOAA scientists used a remotely operated submarine to spot a ghostly cephalopod, known as a bigfin squid (Magnapinna).

  • How Artificial Intelligence is Taught to Navigate Oceans 

    February 18, 2022  |  AZoRobotics

    AZoRobotics speaks with Peter Gunnarson from Caltech about his research into using artificial intelligence (AI) to teach autonomous drones to navigate the ocean using ocean currents.

  • A Black explorer journeys to depths of ocean in search of lost slave ships 

    February 17, 2022  |  Good Morning America

    A trip to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture launched journalist Tara Roberts on a journey into the depths of the waters to tell the story of a group of Black scuba divers searching for lost slave ships.

  • Research expeditions by federal agency expands knowledge of ocean ecosystems 

    February 15, 2022  |  Commerce Newswire

    The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries department has successfully completed a series of 21 expeditions over a span of several years to learn more about aquatic life.

  • Exploration and Evaluation of Deep-Sea Mining Sites 

    February 14, 2022  |  Eos

    The seafloor near a mid-ocean ridge is often home to rising hydrothermal fluids from the deep crust that deposit minerals on the ocean bottom. These seafloor massive sulfide deposits offer new sources of copper, zinc, lead, gold, and silver. The ore potential led to the European Union’s initiation of the Blue Mining project in 2014 with the goal of turning seafloor mining into a viable industry.

  • Can autonomous, seafloor-scanning robots speed up offshore wind development? 

    February 14, 2022  |  Emerging Tech Brew

    Nearly every time humans go into the deep sea, we discover new species. Scientists estimate that we have classified as little as 9% of all marine life. And the mystery extends beyond life and to topography, too—at present, we’ve only mapped about 20% of the Earth’s seabed.

  • Why Did NASA Stop Exploring The Ocean? 

    February 14, 2022  |  Screen Rant

    NASA is well-known for being the government agency that explores space. But did it ever explore the oceans, and why did it stop doing so?

  • Accidental implosion yields new measurement for ocean's deepest point 

    February 8, 2022  |  National Geographic

    A scientific instrument that collapsed in the deep sea allowed scientists to make one of the most precise calculations yet for the abyss known as Challenger Deep.

  • Two thirds of life in the seabed is unknown to science 

    February 4, 2022  |  The Natural History Museum

    A new study trying to understand this diversity found that 60% of DNA sequences from marine sediments could not be identified at a higher taxonomic level, demonstrating the huge gap in scientific knowledge as a new era of deep sea mining is set to begin.

  • Captained by A.I., This New ‘Mayflower’ Will Cross the Atlantic This Spring 

    February 2, 2022  |  Smithsonian Magazine

    On September 6, 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, bearing 102 passengers and about 30 crew members. After a perilous 66-day journey across the North Atlantic and a harsh winter, the surviving Pilgrims and crew of the Mayflower encountered the Wampanoag, who were familiar with Europeans as traders, kidnappers, and agents of plague. The Wampanoag have lived in what is now southeastern Massachusetts for more than 12,000 years, and the two communities coexisted for about 50 years before war began.

  • Ocean Exploration Education Grants Announced By National Marine Sanctuary Foundation 

    January 29, 2022  |  Deeper Blue

    The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and NOAA Ocean Exploration have announced seven new mini-grants aimed at promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  • How Scientists Will Look for Alien Life on Ocean Moons 

    January 28, 2022  |  Vice

    Life on Earth likely emerged in our planet’s oceans, which is why scientists hoping to find extraterrestrial life elsewhere are particularly interested in ocean worlds. Fortunately, there are multiple moons right here in our own solar system that fit that description, some of which host watery depths and, in one case, strange seas made of hydrocarbons.

  • Sponge Cells Successfully Cultured in 3D 

    January 21, 2022  |  Technology News

    There are more than 9,000 species of marine sponges (Phylum Porifera) worldwide, which are a source of novel natural products. They contain promising chemical agents that may be useful in combatting cancer, COVID-19 and antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus bacteria. These chemicals interact with molecules that have been conserved throughout evolutionary history and are involved in human disease processes, for example, cell cycling, immune and inflammatory responses, and calcium and sodium regulation.

  • World’s Most Daunting Ocean Project: Mapping Entire Seafloor 

    January 15, 2022  |  Environmental News Service

    Much has changed since the early days of oceanic bathymetry, the study of the seafloor, when simple soundings were taken by hand with a rope and weight. Today, an international effort led by Seabed 2030 is underway to precisely map the entire ocean floor by the end of the decade, an ambitious target that may be achieved with the help of advanced technology, and a new Seabed 2030 partnership with Global Oceans.

  • Why Nasa is exploring the deepest oceans on Earth 

    January 12, 2022  |  BBC

    Could our understanding of the deep ocean help unlock the mysteries of outer space? Nasa's space mission is leading us to unexplored depths of our own planet.

  • Ocean wonders of 2021 

    January 6, 2022  |  Newsday

    The ocean is an unending source of wonder. Dr Anjani Ganase discusses a few of the discoveries made in 2021, including the realisation that protection should be secured by co-operation among all nations working together.

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  • One Explorer’s Memorable High At The Ocean’s Darkest Depth 

    December 31, 2021  |  Forbes

    There’s a lot of debate about the expression, “may you live in interesting times.” Where did it come from? Is it a wish or a curse? Whatever the back story, it’s safe to say 2021 was, to put it politely, interesting in the extreme. But, for one inventor-computer scientist-video game developer-explorer from New York, there may never be another year as amazing as the one he’s just had.

  • The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and Global Oceans announce new partnership to map the world’s ocean floor 

    December 23, 2021  |  Hellenic Shipping News

    A new partnership has been announced between The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and Global Oceans. The two parties will work together to further our understanding of ocean bathymetry and contribute to the global effort to produce the definitive map of the ocean floor, complementing the goals of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

  • Over 80 percent of Earth's oceans remain unexplored — the US can step up 

    December 21, 2021  |  The Hill

    While the U.S. has been a leader in space exploration, including investing billions of dollars to achieve a set of national priorities, there are many great unknowns on Earth where we can step up similar efforts.

  • This Tiny Robot Is Learning How To Navigate The Ocean By Itself 

    December 17, 2021  |  Screen Rant

    Caltech engineers created a tiny robot that fits in the palm of a hand and is learning how to navigate the ocean all by itself. Ocean studies are essential in the fight against climate change. The oceans are the least explored environment on Earth and their extension and depths pose a serious challenge for research efforts.

  • Successful Parks For Sharks 

    December 10, 2021  |  Forbes

    South Africa is known to be a country of diversity – from the people, languages, culture, music, and food, you can blink and be surrounded by different experiences. And while this region is famed for its beautiful land animals (such as giraffes, lions, rhinos, and more), this rich diversity also can be found under the deep blue waves that hug the shore.

  • Europe conflicted over push to fast-track mining code for the ocean floor 

    December 9, 2021  |  Climate Change

    The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is scrambling to develop regulations for exploiting metals from the marine floor by July 2023. Under an obscure rule invoked by Nauru, if the deadline is not met the ISA will have to “consider and provisionally approve” licencing requests regardless.

  • New Possibilities for Life in the Strange, Dark World at the Bottom of Earth’s Ocean – And Perhaps in Oceans on Other Planets 

    November 28, 2021  |  SciTech Daily

    In the strange, dark world of the ocean floor, underwater fissures, called hydrothermal vents, host complex communities of life. These vents belch scorching hot fluids into extremely cold seawater, creating the chemical forces necessary for the small organisms that inhabit this extreme environment to live.

  • Ocean mapping of US waters reaches major milestone 

    November 27, 2021  |  KXAN NBC

    NOAA has now mapped two million square kilometers of the ocean with a high resolution, multi-beam sonar system. Two million square kilometers is equivalent to more than 772,000 square miles or roughly more than one quarter of the size of the lower 48 United States.

  • Amazed scientists find mammoth tusk 10,000 feet under the sea 

    November 25, 2021  |  Mashable

    Down there, it's normal to happen upon unprecedented, never-seen-before animals and intriguing behavior. Sometimes, sources for precious new medicines are collected — and many more are almost certainly waiting to be discovered. What marine scientists didn't expect to find, however, was a three-foot-long tusk from an extinct mammoth some 10,000 feet beneath the ocean. Researchers collected the specimen off the California coast in July 2021.

  • NOAA Research Director McLean to Retire 

    November 19, 2021  |  Marine Technology News

    Craig N. McLean, assistant administrator of NOAA Research has announced his plan to retire from public service on April 1, 2022.

  • Eerie video captures elusive, alien-like squid gliding in the Gulf of Mexico 

    November 18, 2021  |  Live Science

    A ghostly squid with huge, iridescent fins and funky, elbow-like bends in its tentacles is rarely seen, but scientists recently captured stunning footage of the elusive animal during an expedition in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • James Cameron's plea to protect the ocean twilight zone 

    November 16, 2021  |  CNN

    Before the perpetual dark of the deep sea, in the space at the final reaches of daylight, is the ocean twilight zone. It is one of the final frontiers for Earth exploration, and as researchers delve deeper into this mysterious region, it is becoming clear that the animals that inhabit it play a critical role in regulating the Earth's climate.

  • 'Ghostly' Deep-Sea Bigfin Squid Filmed Almost 8,000 Feet below the Ocean Surface 

    November 11, 2021  |  Newsweek

    A rarely filmed deep-sea squid was recorded off the southeast coast of the U.S., with observers describing the creature with tentacles stretching up to 20 feet as "ghostly" and "alien-ish."

  • MTR 100: NOAA ... Working at the Interface of Exploration and Education 

    November 9, 2021  |  Marine Technology Reporter

    he National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the only federal agency with a program dedicated to exploring the deep ocean, closing gaps in our basic understanding of U.S. deep waters and the seafloor, and delivering the ocean information needed to strengthen the economy, health, and security of our nation. Inspiring and engaging the next generation are fundamental to the operations of the agency’s ocean exploration program.

  • Deep-sea pioneer looks back on a career chasing light in the deep, dark ocean 

    November 5, 2021  |  CBC

    In a new memoir, Edie Widder discusses her life's work studying brilliant displays in the deep sea.

  • How Autonomous Technology Helps Tackle the Monumental Task of Mapping the Seabed 

    November 5, 2021  |  Ground Truth

    Consider the hours of labor required to map an as-yet uncharted area of the ocean floor. You’d have to sail for weeks just to reach some of the waters to be mapped, and a crewed vessel heading out into the big wide open needs to carry enough fuel for the boat and supplies for the crew.

  • These new robots will plunge into the ocean’s most alien depths 

    November 3, 2021  |  Popular Science

    At the bottom of the Mariana Trench, at a place called the Challenger Deep near Guam, 36,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean, the pressures from the water above reach a crushing eight tons per square inch—about a thousand times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level. Some comparisons ask us to picture 100 adult elephants standing on your head, which would no doubt be painful if you even survived long enough while exposed to that kind of pressure to feel anything at all.

  • Exploring, Monitoring and Modeling the Deep Ocean Are Goals of New Research 

    November 3, 2021  |  UT News

    A team led by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin is attempting “to boldly go where no man has gone before”: the Earth’s deepest oceans. In the 1989 science fiction film “The Abyss,” a search and recovery team is tasked with finding a lost U.S. submarine that has vanished somewhere deep in uncharted waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Although the team’s discovery of an extraterrestrial species living on the ocean floor is imaginative, it did highlight how little we know about what may be present in the deepest parts of the Earth’s oceans.

  • Five Reasons Why It Is Important to Map the Ocean Floor 

    November 2, 2021  |  Hydro International

    The health of our oceans and the health of our planet are one and the same. Yet the link between how much we know about this environment and how we protect it is not always clear. In this article, James Carey, head of operational delivery at the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), outlines five reasons why better mapping could help us to understand the basics of our ocean ecosystem and help us protect it – and one reason why mapping could compromise our environment.

  • Ship lost in 1943 after deadly U-boat strike may have been found off South Carolina 

    October 29, 2021  |  Charlotte Observer

    The haunting remains of the SS Bloody Marsh may have been discovered 100 miles off South Carolina — 78 years after torpedoes from a German U-boat split the ship in two and killed three men. “Based on evidence surveyed, participating scientists are reasonably certain that it is SS Bloody Marsh,” NOAA Ocean Exploration reported Thursday.

  • Massive undersea mountain named after famed UC San Diego oceanographer Walter Munk 

    October 28, 2021  |  San Diego Tribune

    An underwater mountain in the Pacific that is taller than the highest peak in Southern California has been named in honor of Walter Munk, the late UC San Diego oceanographer whose grand insights led many scientists to call him the “Einstein of the oceans.”

  • Electric robots are mapping the seafloor, Earth's last frontier 

    October 26, 2021  |  CNN

    For centuries, humans have explored the Earth's mountains, jungles and deserts. But despite covering more than 70% of the Earth's surface, the ocean is still a relative mystery. In fact, we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the sea floor; just over 20% of the ocean bed has been mapped.

  • An Oregon State ocean expedition’s surprisingly close-to-home whale discovery 

    October 26, 2021  |  Oregon Public Broadcasting

    Engine trouble can be a real drag. Especially when you’re just a few days into a week-long journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in search of elusive beaked whales. So when the Oregon State University research mission aboard the R/V Pacific Storm had to turn around in the middle of the ocean and head back to Newport, there was a fair amount of disappointment on board.

  • WWII Warships Emerge From the Ocean After a Volcano Erupted in Japan 

    October 22, 2021  |  Vice

    Volcanic activity near Tokyo has formed a new island and brought partially sunken WWII battleships into better view, creating an eerie sight of ghost ships that recalls one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. Marine history.

  • Seattle-based Coast Guard cutter’s journey through the Arctic: No ‘ice liberty’ in changing waters 

    October 20, 2021  |  Seattle Times

    They call it “ice liberty,” a tradition during the Coast Guard’s maritime missions in Arctic waters. At a thick ice floe, the crew gets to disembark for a brief moment of freedom from the vessel confines. Some play touch football, or bring hockey gear for the occasion. Others just take a stroll.

  • We May Know Less About The Deep Sea Than The Moon. Should It Be Mined? 

    October 20, 2021  |  Civil Beat

    Much remains unknown about the long-term effects of deep-sea mining in the Pacific and its role in the greater climate crisis. Given that, activists, governments and the private sector support a 10-year moratorium on deep-sea mining.

  • US Coast Guard discovers shipwreck of US Revenue Cutter Bear 90 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia: Agency spent two DECADES looking for 'legendary' ship that sank in 1963 and served in both World Wars 

    October 15, 2021  |  Daily Mail

    The U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday that it had located one of the most famous shipwrecks, the 'legendary' U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear, after two decades of looking for it. She was found 90 miles due south of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, NOAA Ocean Exploration wrote in a post. The military ship was part of both World Wars, patrolled the waters off Alaska for decades and at one point was captained by the first black man to command a U.S. government vessel.

  • Giant 'mystery creature' filmed by scientists exploring Red Sea shipwreck 

    October 10, 2021  |  CNET

    It's cool enough to find a shipwreck. It's even better to spot a massive, mysterious sea creature hanging out with the wreck. That's what happened to the crew of the OceanX OceanXplorer research vessel during an expedition in the Red Sea in late 2020.

  • A sea of choices confronts Biden admin in ocean protection 

    October 5, 2021  |  E&E News

    When it comes to meeting its aggressive conservation pledge, the Biden administration appears to have a head start on protecting the United States’ oceans — after all, on paper, the nation is already more than two-thirds of the way to the goal.

  • A sea change for seafloor mapping 

    September 30, 2021  |  GreenBiz

    I’ve been fascinated with the ocean since I became an avid scuba diver two decades ago, a love I share with geographer and oceanographer Dawn Wright, chief scientist of geographic information systems software company Esri.

  • Innovative Unmanned Surface Vessel Receives BV’s First AiP for a UAV 

    September 29, 2021  |  Maritime Executive

    In what could mark a significant step forward for the development of unmanned autonomous vessels, the French classification society Bureau Veritas awarded its first Approval in Principle (AiP) for an unmanned surface vessel. The approval was awarded to a French company iXblue for its vessel named DriX, an eight-meter Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) designed to assist with hydrographic and geophysical surveys, water column analysis, as well as subsea positioning operations. According to BV, the AiP addresses the safety requirements of the marine drone, which operates under the novel concept of remotely supervised autonomy.

  • A light in the darkness: Exploring the depths of the world’s oceans 

    September 24, 2021  |  Angelus

    Bioluminescence is oceanographer Edith Widder’s great obsession. Put simply, bioluminescence is light produced by a chemical reaction within a living organism.

  • A glimpse into the ocean's biological carbon pump 

    September 23, 2021  |  Phys.Org

    Oceans play a key role in the global carbon dioxide balance. This is because billions of tiny algae live there, absorbing carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and incorporating it into their biomass. When these algae die, they trickle down—along with the excretions of microscopic creatures that feed on them—as "marine snow" into deeper zones. About one percent of their carbon dioxide then lies buried in the seafloor for thousands of years.

  • Law student goes on a voyage to map unexplored parts of the Atlantic Ocean 

    September 23, 2021  |  Penn State University

    Third-year Penn State Dickinson Law student Ryan Marr believes in taking advantage of opportunities that come his way. From studying in Tanzania to traveling to Bermuda, he says “yes” to any chance to see the world or learn something new.

  • Mapping of magnetic stripes to discover how fast ocean crust is created 

    September 23, 2021  |  Phys.Org

    Two University of Wyoming researchers are part of the first-ever mapping of magnetic stripes—one of the foundations of plate tectonics—within the lower gabbroic section of fast-spreading oceanic crust.

  • Mesophotic Reefs Significant For Florida Keys' Coral Recovery 

    September 22, 2021  |  Florida Atlantic University

    Coral cover on shallow reef systems (0 to 30 meters) in the Florida Keys has declined over the past several decades, punctuated by severe losses during coral disease outbreaks and bleaching events. However, some areas within the Florida Keys, especially the Dry Tortugas and many upper mesophotic habitats (30 to 60 meters), have maintained relatively healthy coral communities, even in the face of recent severe and widespread coral disease outbreaks.

  • Giant squid: The real-life ocean Kraken 

    September 15, 2021  |  Live Science

    Giant squid (Architeuthis dux) are mysterious deep-sea predators with basketball-size eyes and tentacles that can stretch to 33 feet (10 meters) long. Giant squid are one of the world’s largest invertebrates and belong to an ancient group of mollusks called cephalopods, which also includes octopuses, cuttlefish and nautiluses.

  • Happy Birthday to the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts! 

    September 15, 2021  |  NRDC

    Five years ago today, on September 15, 2016, President Obama designated the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. By signing Proclamation 9496, he created the nation’s first marine national monument in the waters of the continental United States.

  • Exploring Seamounts in the Deep North Atlantic Ocean 

    September 14, 2021  |  Hyrdo International

    Between 20 June and 29 July 2021, NOAA Ocean Exploration, in partnership with USGS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and other organizations and universities, conducted a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration to collect baseline information about unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas off the eastern U.S. coast and high seas.

  • New Imaging Reveals Hidden Ice Age Landscapes Buried Deep in The North Sea 

    September 10, 2021  |  Science Alert

    The hidden scars left on the landscape during ice ages thousands to millions of years ago have now been imaged in spectacular detail. Using a technique called reflection seismology, a team of scientists has imaged enormous gouges carved by subglacial rivers, buried hundreds of meters below the floor of the North Sea. Called 'tunnel valleys', these features can help us understand how frozen landscapes change in response to a warming climate.

  • Giant 'swimming head' creature lived in our oceans 500 million years ago 

    September 8, 2021  |  CNN

    Half a billion years ago, the oceans were filled with life that looked more like aliens than the marine animals we know today. Now, researchers have uncovered the fossil of an unusual creature that was likely a giant compared to tiny ocean life 500 million years ago.

  • Astronomers define new class of potentially habitable ocean worlds 

    September 7, 2021  |  Physics World

    Hot, ocean-covered exoplanets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres could harbour life and may be more common than planets that are Earth-like in size, temperature and atmospheric composition. According to astronomers at the University of Cambridge, UK, this newly defined class of exoplanets could boost the search for life elsewhere in the universe by broadening the search criteria and redefining which biosignatures are important.

  • A Climate Solution Lies Deep Under the Ocean—But Accessing It Could Have Huge Environmental Costs 

    September 7, 2021  |  Time

    Scattered three miles deep along the floor of the central Pacific are trillions of black, misshapen nuggets that may just be the solution to an impending energy crisis. Similar in size and appearance to partially burned charcoal briquettes, the nuggets are called polymetallic nodules, and are an amalgamation of nickel, cobalt, manganese and other rare earth metals, formed through a complex biochemical process in which shark teeth and fish bones are encased by minerals accreted out of ocean waters over millions of years.

  • A Marine Bacteria Shows Promise for Curing an Aggressive Brain Cancer 

    September 1, 2021  |  Smithsonian Magazine

    A new glioblastoma drug is derived from a microbe found in the ocean at depths of up to 6,500 feet.

  • Genetic probes give new clues about the stunning diversity of comb jellies 

    September 1, 2021  |  Phys.Org

    Comb jellies—known to scientists as ctenophores (pronounced "teen-oh-fours")—mesmerize with their beauty, but these captivating creatures remain poorly studied due to their delicate nature. MBARI researchers have used the power of genetics to learn more about these animals.

  • What is the oldest shark? 

    August 30, 2021  |  LiveScience

    Sharks are often called "living fossils," and for good reason: The first sharks appeared in the fossil record roughly 450 million years ago and have lived through all five mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the nonavian dinosaurs. In addition to being long-lived as a group, individual sharks have long life spans. So just how long can sharks live, and what's the oldest shark on record?

  • Is deep-sea mining a cure for the climate crisis or a curse? 

    August 29, 2021  |  The Guardian

    Trillions of metallic nodules on the sea floor could help stop global heating, but mining them may damage ocean ecology.

  • Scientists may find life on Earth-like planets covered in oceans within the next few years 

    August 27, 2021  |  CBS News

    Life outside our solar system may be found within just a few years, thanks to the discovery of a new class of super hot, Earth-like planets, according to astronomers from the University of Cambridge.

  • Search launched for historic ship that vanished off Florida after 1942 U-boat strike 

    August 24, 2021  |  Miami Herald

    The sinking of the SS Norlindo has all the elements of a good mystery, including World War II intrigue, prowling German U-boats and a handful of crewmen who were never seen again. It has been 79 years since Germany’s U-507 torpedoed the unarmed steamship and its whereabouts remain a puzzle. That could change in the next two weeks, however.

  • Bedrock Launches Ocean Exploration and Survey Platform 

    August 24, 2021  |  Hydro International

    Bedrock, a vertically-integrated sea-floor data platform and service, has announced the launch of its full-service offering: autonomous ocean surveys powered by the company’s proprietary, 100% electric autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and Mosaic, a universal cloud-based survey data platform for managing, accessing and sharing any marine survey data from any ongoing or historical survey, which is now open for beta sign-ups.

  • Exploring the Undiscovered Country: The Deep Ocean 

    August 23, 2021  |  ECO Magazine

    The oceans cover 71% of the Earth's surface, but house 99% of the world's biosphere – the areas where living organisms are found. Therefore, most of the world's biosphere is a deep ocean environment, where it's pitch black, the temperature is just above freezing, and it's subject to crushing pressures. The ocean has an average depth of approximately 3.7 kilometers (2.3 miles). Special equipment is required to visit these extreme depths, which is why less than 5% of this area has been explored and charted.

  • Electric exploration submarine vies to be SpaceX of sea 

    August 19, 2021  |  ZDNet

    What do you get when a SpaceX alum and submarine engineer cofounds a tech company? A submersible that can boldly go where no one has gone before. You're going to hear a lot more about ocean mapping in the coming years. Driven in part by the UN's Seabed 2030 program, which seeks to map the entire ocean within the decade, and partially by growing interest in offshore and near-shore sustainable energy infrastructure, it's a great age of ocean exploration.

  • These free-floating robots can monitor the health of our oceans 

    August 18, 2021  |  Popular Science

    In January 1992, during what might have been a rough storm, a cargo box containing more than 28,000 rubber ducks and other bath toys toppled overboard, off a ship traveling from China to Seattle. These rubber toys, known now as the Friendly Floaties, were set adrift, and as they’ve washed up in places like Hawaii, Australia, and even Japan, they’ve revealed an invisible worldwide network of currents that have made huge ripples in ocean science.

  • To Save Earth’s Climate, Map the Oceans 

    August 17, 2021  |  Bloomberg

    Thirty years ago, I had the privilege of seeing the deep ocean up close. For my Ph.D. research, I dropped 1.5 miles in the Alvin submersible above the East Pacific Rise, southwest of Acapulco. Beyond illuminating the oceanographic process I was studying — the connection between plate tectonics, volcanic eruptions and deep-sea vents — that one shaft of ocean opened my eyes to a larger truth: Humans are largely blind to this enormous and lively part of the world — more than two-thirds of the Earth.

  • Mystery jellyfish has stinging warts, extra tentacles, NOAA says. Is it a new species? 

    August 12, 2021  |  Charlotte Observer

    A new type of red jellyfish may have been discovered off the East Coast, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a big clue was more tentacles than expected for the genus. That’s rather intimidating news, given tentacles are where the dreaded stingers are located on jellyfish.

  • How an underwater robot could help reveal mysteries of the deep 

    August 12, 2021  |  PBS News Hour

    Picture yourself slowly sinking in the sparkling blue waters of the open ocean. At first, the shining sun above makes visible many of the marine creatures floating by. But as you descend, the sunlight begins to dissipate. You’ve reached the ocean’s midwater, or “twilight zone,” a several-thousand-foot stretch of the water column where light eventually becomes nearly unmeasurable.

  • Deep Diving for Metals: Visualizing Ocean Mining 

    August 12, 2021  |  Visual Capitalist

    Even though mining in the Deep Sea is still a relatively new phenomenon, abundant levels of metals that are critical for clean energy such as copper, cobalt, and nickel have been found on the seafloor.

  • Autonomous Research Vehicle Completes Ocean Crossing 

    August 10, 2021  |  Novus Light

    The uncrewed, autonomous, Saildrone Surveyor recently completed a groundbreaking maiden voyage from San Francisco to Honolulu. While ocean crossings are nothing new for Saildrone’s autonomous surface vehicles, the Saildrone Surveyor is a new, much larger class of vehicle optimized for deep-ocean mapping. During the 28-day voyage, the Saildrone Surveyor sailed 2,250 nautical miles and mapped 6,400 square nautical miles of seafloor.

  • Ocean Exploration Off California Discovers New Methane Seep, Whale Fall 

    August 9, 2021  |  Marine Technology News

    Marine scientists on Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor completed a 12-day expedition off the coast of Southern California to survey the biodiversity of deep sea areas rich in minerals that are of interest to deep sea mining developers around the world.

  • Seminar: NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute - Exploring the US’s Blue Frontier 

    August 6, 2021  |  Marine Technology News

    Please join us Aug. 11th at 3 p.m. EDT for a one-hour seminar on the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI), with Director Adam Soule and Manager Aurora Elmore. Opening remarks will be provided by NOAA acting Chief Scientist Craig McLean, Ocean Exploration Trust President Bob Ballard and NOAA Ocean Exploration acting Director Genene Fisher.

  • A Research Vessel Found SpongeBob Look-Alikes A Mile Under The Ocean's Surface 

    July 31, 2021  |  NPR

    An ocean expedition exploring more than a mile under the surface of the Atlantic captured a startlingly silly sight this week: a sponge that looked very much like SpongeBob SquarePants. And right next to it, a pink sea star — a doppelganger for Patrick, SpongeBob's dim-witted best friend.

  • Nekton, Schmidt Ocean enter Partnership 

    July 29, 2021  |  Marine Technology News

    Ocean exploration organizations Nekton and Schmidt Ocean Institute have entered into a new partnership to work collaboratively on expeditions and to advance public understanding of the ocean by engaging cultural sectors such as fashion, food, and sports.

  • How Much of the Ocean Is Unexplored? 

    July 26, 2021  |  Treehugger

    The oceans make up around 70% of planet Earth, yet over 80% of the world's ocean remains unexplored. Since the global boom of ocean exploration technology began in the 1960s, deep-sea exploration has faced a number of barriers. Today, with fewer barriers in place than ever before, international efforts are underway to continue the exploration of the deep ocean.

  • AI spots shipwrecks from the ocean surface – and even from the air 

    July 21, 2021  |  The Conversation

    In collaboration with the United States Navy’s Underwater Archaeology Branch, I taught a computer how to recognize shipwrecks on the ocean floor from scans taken by aircraft and ships on the surface. The computer model we created is 92% accurate in finding known shipwrecks. The project focused on the coasts of the mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico. It is now ready to be used to find unknown or unmapped shipwrecks.

  • Deep-sea research bolstered with $2 million grant 

    July 21, 2021  |  EurekaAlert!

    Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has been awarded $2 million by the National Science Foundation to lead an international effort to accelerate scientific understanding of the environmental impacts of emerging industries in the deep sea - one of the most mysterious, and potentially lucrative, areas of the ocean.

  • Study examines the role of deep-sea microbial predators at hydrothermal vents 

    July 16, 2021  |  EurekaAlert!

    The hydrothermal vent fluids from the Gorda Ridge spreading center in the northeast Pacific Ocean create a biological hub of activity in the deep sea. There, in the dark ocean, a unique food web thrives not on photosynthesis but rather on chemical energy from the venting fluids. Among the creatures having a field day feasting at the Gorda Ridge vents is a diverse assortment of microbial eukaryotes, or protists, that graze on chemosynthetic bacteria and archaea.

  • New Approach Could Boost the Search for Life in Otherworldly Oceans 

    July 16, 2021  |  Scientific American

    Astrobiologists are now pursuing multiple interplanetary missions to learn whether any of these ocean-bearing moons actually possess more than mere water—namely, habitability, or the nuanced geochemical conditions required for life to arise and flourish.

  • Surprise undersea volcano could offer unique window into Earth’s interior 

    July 15, 2021  |  Science

    In 2015, a German research team sent a submersible to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. West of Peru, the camera-mounted robot explored a vast expanse of sea floor, 4 kilometers (more than 2 miles) deep, known for its extreme flatness. “It’s very dark,” recalls Antje Boetius, a biologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute. “Then you switch on the lights of the robot and see a new landscape that no one has ever seen before.”

  • Building a detailed seafloor map to reveal the ocean's unknowns 

    July 15, 2021  |  Phys.org

    Marine scientists often feel like they're fumbling in the dark. The global ocean covers about 71 percent of our planet and is central to life as it exists on Earth. But only about 20 percent of the seafloor has been directly mapped so far.

  • Intertidal: NOAA’s been mapping our coast since 1807 

    July 15, 2021  |  The Times Record

    The year 2020 was and will remain a period in history. But here we are in 2021 and we are moving forward as well as celebrating the positive things that happened over the last year and even before. One ocean milestone of note this year is that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Exploration’s marked its 20th year of discovery. This program has been venturing into oceans around the world in various vessels and vehicles with an array of evolving technology to learn about the places on earth that most people never see.

  • Sonardyne BlueComm to Stream Ocean Exploration Missions Live 

    July 13, 2021  |  Hydro International

    The world’s deepest diving acrylic-hulled manned submersible is to be equipped with Sonardyne’s BlueComm optical communications link to allow live streaming of deep ocean expeditions anywhere in the world. The Triton 7500/3 series submersible will operate from REV Ocean, one of the world’s most advanced research vessels, currently under construction for the Norwegian non-profit organization of the same name.

  • How Low Can You Go? The World's Deepest Dives in History 

    July 13, 2021  |  Interesting Engineering

    The ocean keeps the Earth alive. Covering around 70 percent of our planet's surface, the ocean regulates temperature, drives weather, and supports all living organisms in some way. For centuries, it has also provided humans with food, transport, commerce, leisure, and inspiration.

  • Undersea volcanoes are home to more life than we know 

    July 12, 2021  |  Mashable

    Bill Chadwick has seen things you wouldn’t believe. He’s observed an undersea volcano oozing carbon dioxide, which turned into an eerie, milky liquid under the intense water pressure. “That was crazy,” Chadwick tells Vox. He witnessed another eject a toxic plume that was killing and stunning fish and squid, which rained down to be eaten by crabs, worms, and shrimp.

  • See wild, stunning creatures just found in the unexplored deep ocean 

    July 10, 2021  |  Mashable

    Every deep sea expedition returns with footage of new, rare, and/or alien-like creatures. One of the latest such journeys, undertaken by marine researchers aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s 272-foot research vessel Falkor, just brought back vivid footage of life around the protected Phoenix Islands Archipelago, located in the remote Pacific Ocean.

  • Scientists create genetic library for mega-ecosystem in Pacific Ocean 

    July 9, 2021  |  Phys.org

    The California Current extends nearly 2,000 miles from Canada's Vancouver Island to the middle of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. It brings cold water from the North Pacific Ocean to the west coast of North America and is home to numerous and abundant species because of the upwelling of deep nutrient-rich waters.

  • Autonomous Vessel Completes Pacific Crossing to Hawaii Mapping Ocean 

    July 8, 2021  |  Maritime Executive

    After a voyage lasting 28 days and covering an estimated 2,250 nautical miles, an uncrewed, autonomous vessel mostly powered by wind and solar energy is arriving at the dock in Honolulu, Hawaii this afternoon, July 8. The Saildrone Surveyor, a 14 ton vessel promoted as the world’s largest and most advanced autonomous ocean mapping drone, completes its trans-Pacific maiden voyage having sailed from San Francisco.

  • Hydrothermal Vents May Add Ancient Carbon to Ocean Waters 

    July 7, 2021  |  Eos

    Earth’s oceans play a pivotal role in the global carbon cycle. As seawater moves and mixes, it stores and transports huge amounts of carbon in the form of dissolved organic and inorganic carbon molecules. However, the various sources and fates of marine dissolved organic carbon (DOC) are complex, and much remains to be learned about its dynamics—especially as climate change progresses.

  • Deep sea robots will let us find millions of shipwrecks, says man who discovered Titanic 

    July 4, 2021  |  The Guardian

    He is the celebrated deep-sea explorer who discovered the Titanic, as well as the German battleship Bismarck and other historic sunken vessels around the world. Now Dr Robert Ballard is pioneering cutting-edge technology – autonomous underwater vehicles that will “revolutionise” the search for more than three million shipwrecks that lie scattered across ocean floors, according to a Unesco estimate. Many will offer new insights into life on board at the time of sinking, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

  • 'What we know now is how much we don't know': Enter the strange world of the ocean twilight zone 

    July 2, 2021  |  CNN

    Drop through the ocean in the right place and eventually you'll enter the twilight zone. It's hundreds of meters down, yet not so far as the ocean floor. And in the middle ground between light and shadow, science is making incredible discoveries.

  • OceanX Launches Young Explorers Program to Inspire Next Generation of Ocean Explorers 

    June 30, 2021  |  PR Web

    Nonprofit ocean exploration organization OceanX today announced the launch of the Young Explorers Program (YEP), offering college students from across the nation the opportunity to learn about and explore the ocean aboard OceanX’s marine research and media vessel OceanXplorer. Launching this summer, the program, coordinated by OceanX with partners from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) and Coral Vita, will host 10 participants as they chart largely unexplored areas on the ship’s 12-day voyage from the Azores to Svalbard, Norway.

  • As the Titanic decays, expedition will monitor deterioration 

    June 30, 2021  |  KSAT.com

    The Titanic is disappearing. The iconic ocean liner that was sunk by an iceberg is now slowly succumbing to metal-eating bacteria: holes pervade the wreckage, the crow's nest is already gone and the railing of the ship's iconic bow could collapse at any time. Racing against the inevitable, an undersea exploration company's expedition to the site of the wreckage could start this week, beginning what’s expected to be an annual chronicling of the ship’s deterioration. With the help of wealthy tourists, experts hope to learn more about the vessel as well as the underwater ecosystem that shipwrecks spawn.

  • How an Obscure Underwater Lab Has Influenced Sea Research and Space Exploration 

    June 29, 2021  |  Discover Magazine

    For some time now, humanity has been saying we know more about the surface of the moon than the floor of the ocean. While space exploration attracts headlines and eye-popping budgets, understanding the depths of our own planet often garners less interest. But, along a coral reef off the coast of Florida, a one-of-a-kind underwater lab is facilitating ocean research while also preparing generations of astronauts.

  • Why America Must Lead—and Fund—the Ocean Data Revolution 

    June 28, 2021  |  Government Executive

    Last year, before the pandemic, some of the world’s most dedicated data experts gathered at an Ocean Data Roundtable to improve the way we manage ocean data for the health of the planet and the millions who depend on it for food, their livelihoods, or recreation. Building on that meeting, Ocean Conservancy and the Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE) analyzed America’s ocean data revolution in a detailed report published in May 2021.

  • NOAA Ocean Exploration team dives into unmapped areas off the Atlantic Coast 

    June 28, 2021  |  WTKR

    What's out of sight for many people isn't out of mind for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. The unknown is what has NOAA's Ocean Exploration team plunging into new depths.

  • Project to map entire ocean floor by 2030 passes 20% mark 

    June 24, 2021  |  Live Science

    About 70% of Earth's surface is covered in water, and researchers are trying to map every last inch of it. On June 21 (that's World Hydrography Day, in case you forgot to update your Calendar of Very Nerdy Events), a group of international researchers announced that they are about one-fifth of the way to that goal, having mapped 20.6% of Earth's total underwater area using modern sonar techniques, according to a statement.

  • He found the Titanic, but for Robert Ballard the search never ends 

    June 24, 2021  |  National Geographic

    Drawn from hours of never-before-seen footage, Bob Ballard: An Explorer’s Life will air July 18 at 7pm on National Geographic. “If the plane was in there, it would have seen it,” says Robert Ballard, referring to the 14-foot autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) launched from his 211-foot exploration vessel, the E/V Nautilus.

  • Waller to lead NOAA exploration of underwater mountains 

    June 23, 2021  |  University of Maine

    This summer, Rhian Waller will return to an area of the Atlantic Ocean that she last explored 16 years ago. And she’s inviting everyone interested in the deep sea and deep sea animals to watch the underwater discoveries with her in real time.

  • Mysterious seafloor plateau off East Coast being explored for first time by NOAA team 

    June 17, 2021  |  Miami Herald

    A NOAA expedition is underway to explore unmapped areas of seafloor off the East Coast, including the first known visit to a puzzling deep sea anomaly known as the Caryn Seamount.

  • A Clever Robot Spies on Creatures in the Ocean's ‘Twilight Zone’ 

    June 16, 2021  |  Wired

    The grandest migration on Earth isn’t the journey of some herbivore in Africa or a bird in the sky, but the vertical movement of whole ecosystems in the open ocean. All kinds of animals, from fish to crustaceans, hang out in the depths during the day, where the darkness provides protection from predators. At night, they migrate up to the shallows to forage. Then they swim back down again when the sun rises—a great big conveyor belt of biomass.

  • Methane-Eating Microbes in Ocean Play Important Role in Moderating Earth’s Temperature 

    June 15, 2021  |  SciTech Daily

    Methane is a strong greenhouse gas that plays a key role in Earth’s climate. Anytime we use natural gas, whether we light up our kitchen stove or barbeque, we are using methane. Only three sources on Earth produce methane naturally: volcanoes, subsurface water-rock interactions, and microbes. Between these three sources, most is generated by microbes, which have deposited hundreds of gigatons of methane into the deep seafloor. At seafloor methane seeps, it percolates upwards toward the open ocean, and microbial communities consume the majority of this methane before it reaches the atmosphere. Over the years, researchers are finding more and more methane beneath the seafloor, yet very little ever leaves the oceans and gets into the atmosphere. Where is the rest going?

  • Quantifying signs of life in the depths of Enceladus’ ocean 

    June 15, 2021  |  Astrobites

    One of the highlights of the prolific Cassini mission to the Saturnian system was the detection of methane and molecular hydrogen, among other trace gases, in a plume of Enceladus’ ocean material ejected into space (see here and here). A leading hypothesis for the presence of H2 in the plume points to hydrothermal activity at the base of the Enceladus’ subsurface ocean.

  • BEN is back! Autonomous vessel launches from Rogers City 

    June 11, 2021  |  The Alpena News

    BEN gets around. From coast to coast in the U.S., to American Samoa, and back to Lake Huron, the autonomous surface vessel (ASV) is in Rogers City this month for lake floor mapping.

  • Particles at the Ocean Surface and Seafloor Aren’t So Different 

    June 10, 2021  |  Eos

    Although scientists often assume that random variations in scientific data fit symmetrical, bell-shaped normal distributions, nature isn’t always so tidy. In some cases, a skewed distribution, like the log-normal probability distribution, provides a better fit. Researchers previously found that primary production by ocean phytoplankton and carbon export via particles sinking from the surface are consistent with log-normal distributions.

  • Our future depends on the health of the ocean 

    June 8, 2021  |  The Hill

    Far too few people realize that the futures they expect to have actually depend on the health of the ocean. Some get it. Artisanal fishers whose chief source of protein is the fish they catch themselves and bring home in the evenings understand this now that many have seen their yields decrease steadily. Coastal homeowners whose properties are vulnerable to sea-level rise see their flood insurance premiums skyrocket and worry about their property values. They, too, know things aren’t what they had hoped to be.

  • Salps fertilize the Southern Ocean more effectively than krill 

    June 4, 2021  |  Science Daily

    Experts have experimentally measured the release of iron from the fecal pellets of krill and salps under natural conditions and tested its bioavailability using a natural community of microalgae in the Southern Ocean.

  • Filipino Scientist Goes 10,000 Meters Down the Ocean and Finds a Teddy Bear 

    June 3, 2021  |  VICE

    When traveling to a previously unexplored portion of Earth, you might expect to find any number of things. Strange plants, neon sea creatures, maybe even aliens? In the Emden Deep, however, marine scientist Deo Onda found a teddy bear.

  • A Proclamation on National Ocean Month, 2021

    June 1, 2021  |  The White House

    The world’s ocean basins are critical to the success of our Nation and, indeed, to life on Earth. The ocean powers our economy, provides food for billions of people, supplies 50 percent of the world’s oxygen, offers recreational opportunities for us to enjoy, and regulates weather patterns and our global climate system. During National Ocean Month, we celebrate our stewardship of the ocean and coasts, and reaffirm our commitment to protecting and sustaining them for current and future generations.

  • Opportunity to participate in deep sea expedition 

    June 1, 2021  |  Wiscasset Newspaper

    This summer University of Maine Darling Marine Center based researcher Dr. Rhian Waller, a cold-water coral expert, will lead a NOAA Ocean Exploration’s 2021 expedition called North Atlantic Stepping Stones: New England and Corner Rise Seamounts.

  • Ocean exploration - from the comfort of home 

    June 1, 2021  |  The Naked Scientists

    Bob Ballard is an oceanographer and explorer who is most famous for having discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985, as well as the Bismarck in 1989 and many others. He’s currently working on a new project exploring the vast underwater landscape of the Pacific, using satellites and what’s called ‘telepresence technology’ to visit the ocean’s depths from the comfort of dry land!

  • Mayflower 400: First Crewless Ship Run By AI To Sail Across The Atlantic 

    May 20, 2021  |  Intelligent Living

    In 1620, the original Mayflower took 102 passengers sailing away from Plymouth, England, on a dangerous voyage to the “new world,” North America, inspired by hopes for a better future. In 2016, the Plymouth community gathered and discussed how to memorialize the upcoming 400th anniversary of that Mayflower’s journey. The inspiring age-old sea challenge combined with a new kind of desire for discovery prompted ProMare Co-founder Brett Phaneuf to ask: Why not use this opportunity to advance into the future rather than reminisce about the past?

  • Extinct Fish Species That Existed Over 420 Million Years Ago Found Alive in the Indian Ocean 

    May 19, 2021  |  People

    A rare fish species believed to have gone extinct with dinosaurs millions of years ago has recently been rediscovered alive in the Indian Ocean. According to a report from Mongabay, a US-based non-profit conservation and environmental science news platform, a group of South African shark hunters recently found the rare coelacanth species (Latimeria chalumnae) in the West Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar.

  • Terradepth Autonomous Sub Dives Into Mapping World’s Oceans, Making Data Freely Available 

    May 17, 2021  |  Forbes

    Dear humans: Abraham doesn’t need your help with this task. Abraham is the name of an autonomous submarine produced by Terradepth, a startup in Austin, Texas. The venture is headed by two former Navy SEALs who plan to have the 9-meter-long sub back in the water in a few months, working in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Robotic Navigation Tech Will Explore the Deep Ocean 

    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.

  • Watch Us Roam Virtual Deep Seas With Real Oceanographers 

    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.

  • NOAA To Begin US East Coast Sea Exploration Expedition This Week 

    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.

  • NASA partners with deep-ocean explorers to develop tech for Europa mission 

    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.

  • Up Close and Personal with Deep Ocean Explorer Robert D. Ballard 

    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.

  • A monstrous-looking fish normally found thousands of feet deep in the ocean washed up on a California beach 

    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.

  • Oceans' extreme depths measured in precise detail 

    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.

  • 9 stunning images of deep-sea life captured by an aquatic robot 

    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.

  • The man who found the Titanic is on a new quest 

    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."

  • Researchers Reveal Their Technique For Catching Videos Of Elusive Giant Squid 

    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.

  • Fish-inspired soft robot survives a trip to the deepest part of the ocean 

    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.

  • Biden's NOAA pick wants to quell 'surge in pseudoscience' 

    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.

  • Biden Taps A Former Top Scientist At NOAA To Lead The Weather And Climate Agency 

    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.

  • Climate change affects deep-sea corals and sponges differently 

    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.

  • “It’s deep. It’s dark. It’s elusive.” The ocean’s twilight zone is full of wonders. 

    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.

  • New $50 million ocean research ship to be named after Silicon Valley pioneer 

    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.

  • Tracking Orcas with Tech: ‘The Images Took Our Breath Away’ 

    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.

  • Planet Ocean: Why Is The Blue Economy So Important? 

    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.

  • The hidden downside to ocean data and how to make it more sustainable 

    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.

  • Ocean noise: Study to measure the oceans' 'year of quiet' 

    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.

  • Ohio businessman plans to go 35,000 feet underwater on historic dive to ocean's deepest point 

    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.

  • Probing for Life in the Icy Crusts of Ocean Worlds 

    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.

  • Take A Look At Some Of The Ocean Deep's Most Dazzling Baby Fish 

    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.

  • There are Ocean Currents Under the ice on Enceladus 

    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.

  • Global Companies Back Environmental Call for Pause on Deep-Sea Mining 

    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.

  • Schmidt Ocean Institute Acquires High-Spec Ship for Research 

    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.

  • The science and technology that can help save the ocean 

    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.

  • SUBSEA TECHNOLOGY: Underwater Acoustics Pick up the Tempo 

    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.

  • Legislators call for more ocean mapping 

    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.

  • Deep-sea exploration breakthrough to guide future space exploration missions 

    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.

  • Consortium for Ocean Leadership Names Leonardi as President and CEO 

    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.

  • Biofluorescent fish documented in the Arctic for the first time 

    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.

  • Mars might be hiding most of its old water underground, scientists say 

    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.

  • Evolution of ocean 'twilight zone' creatures linked to global climate change 

    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.

  • The Bermuda Triangle: What Science Can Tell Us About the Mysterious Ocean Region 

    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.

  • The Brilliant Abyss review: A fascinating tour of the ocean’s depths 

    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.

  • This Soft Robot Stingray Just Explored the Deepest Point in the Ocean 

    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.

  • From the BrainSTEM: The ocean is scary but deserving of love 

    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.

  • Measuring Ambient Ocean Sound During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

    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.

  • A half-trillion corals live in just one ocean. Does that mean they are safe? 

    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.

  • Sea butterflies already struggle in acidifying Southern Ocean 

    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.

  • Soft robot reaches the deepest part of the ocean 

    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.

  • Scientists have taken the first ever picture of a glow-in-the-dark shark 

    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.

  • An Unmanned Ship to Map the Oceans 

    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.

  • Local Engineer to Star in National Geographic Ocean Exploration Series Produced By James Cameron 

    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.

  • US Ocean Exploration Advisory Board To Meet In April 

    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.

  • Senators Reintroduce National Ocean Exploration Act 

    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.

  • Atlantic Ocean circulation is the weakest in at least 1,600 years, study finds – here's what that means for the climate 

    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.

  • Four Rarely-Heard Ocean Terms 

    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.

  • Exclusive: This New ‘Titanic’ Submersible With Gull Wings Is Designed to Explore the Ocean’s Deepest Trenches 

    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.

  • The Haunting Music of Whale Song Is an Ocean of Untapped Seismic Data, Scientists Say 

    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.

  • New NOAA ship to explore, study the oceans 

    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.

  • How Whale Songs Can Help Us Explore the Ocean 

    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.

  • Europa Clipper: Nasa's ocean world mission gets launch date 

    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.

  • Soft robots for ocean exploration and offshore operations: A perspective 

    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).

  • NOAA partners with The University of Southern Mississippi on uncrewed systems 

    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.

  • New NOAA ocean exploration ship to be based in Rhode Island 

    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.

  • Southern Ocean Research Expedition Goes Full Steam Ahead Despite Pandemic 

    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.

  • The Atlantic Ocean is widening. Here’s why. 

    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.

  • The Moon Controls the Release of Methane in Arctic Ocean – Unexpected Finding With Big Implications 

    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.

  • Depths of alien ocean probed with radar in Cassini study 

    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.

  • The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage 

    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.

  • New Golden Age of Exploration 

    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.

  • New URI oceanography professor to manage $94 million ocean exploration institute 

    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.

2020

  • Scientists ‘ping’ in the New Year with sonar project aiming to map entire ocean floor by 2030 

    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.

  • Atlantic discovery: 12 new species 'hiding in the deep' 

    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.

  • The deep sea discoveries of 2020 are stunning 

    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.

  • Keeping a Close Eye on the Ocean—from Afar 

    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.

  • Will Ghost Sharks Vanish Before Scientists Can Study Them? 

    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.

  • Earth Isn't the Only Ocean World in the Solar System 

    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.

  • Electric rays and stingrays can be used to map the seabed 

    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.

  • New gelatinous 'blob' species discovered in the depths of the ocean 

    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.

  • How hot is too hot for life deep below the ocean floor? 

    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.

  • The unseen man-made 'tracks' on the deep ocean floor 

    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.

  • These Stunning Miniature Sea Creatures Keep the Oceans in Balance 

    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.

  • Massive Swarm of Eels Is The Most Fish Ever Recorded at The Bottom of 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.

  • Deep diving with Clio 

    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.

  • Which Countries are Mapping the Ocean Floor? 

    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.

  • 3 researchers in submersible park at bottom of Earth's deepest ocean trench 

    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.

  • Scripps Oceanography research team completes 11-day expedition to deep ocean 

    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.

  • 12 Sea Creatures That Look Extremely Fake 

    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.

  • China breaks national record for Mariana Trench manned-dive amid race for deep sea resources 

    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.

  • Scientists are tracking down deep sea creatures with free-floating DNA 

    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.

  • NOAA Chooses DriX USV As Next Gen Ocean Exploration System 

    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.

  • Underwater GPS system powered by sound could open up ocean exploration 

    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.

  • Elusive squid seen alive in natural habitat for first time (VIDEO) 

    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.

  • Fleet of robotic probes will monitor global warming’s impact on microscopic ocean life 

    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.

  • Scientists are scoping out deep sea organisms, and you can, too 

    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.

  • NOMEC Council Seeks Public Input on U.S. EEZ Mapping Effort 

    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.

  • Ocean Discovery: 500m Tall Coral Reef Discovered in the Great Barrier Reef 

    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.

  • Recent Acceleration Detected in Chemical and Physical Changes in the Ocean 

    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.

  • Even The Deepest Parts of The Ocean Are Slowly Beginning to Warm 

    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.

  • Jellies Transfer a Significant Amount of Carbon to the Deep Ocean 

    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.

  • Whales get a second life as deep-sea buffets 

    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.

  • World's biggest Arctic mission reports 'the Arctic Ocean is dying' 

    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.

  • GSO announces competition to name new ocean research vessel 

    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.

  • British Columbia’s Seamounts Are Becoming Uninhabitable 

    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.

  • Dr. Edie Widder To Receive Inaugural Captain Don Walsh Award For Ocean Exploration From The Marine Technology Society And The Society For Underwater Technology 

    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.

  • Move Over, Aquaman: Three of the World’s Top Female Ocean Explorers to Talk Trailblazing in Ocean Discovery and Conservation During Special AltaSea Webinar on October 9 

    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.

  • OceanX Launches Groundbreaking New Scientific Research, Media Production, and Exploration Vessel, OceanXplorer 

    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.

  • Gulf of Mexico Mission: ‘Ocean Blue Holes Are Not Created Equal’ 

    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.

  • Bringing the Ocean’s Midnight Zone Into the Light 

    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.

  • Britain launches a new, high-tech Mayflower for ocean exploration 

    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).

  • Deep-Ocean Oxygen May Increase with Climate Change 

    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.

  • Underwater earthquakes’ sound waves reveal changes in ocean warming 

    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.

  • After an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, ocean microbes helped life rebound 

    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.

  • Deep beneath the high seas, researchers find rich coral oases 

    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.

  • $500 billion question: What's the value of studying the ocean's biological carbon pump? 

    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.

  • Little boats for whale songs sail into climate hot spots 

    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.

  • Scientists discover ‘walking’ fish in depths of Barrier Reef 

    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”.

  • Jupiter’s Ocean Moons Raise One Another’s Tides 

    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.

  • Wreckage of German World War II battleship found off Norway 

    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.

  • Ocean warming has seafloor species headed in the wrong direction 

    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.

  • Megalodon discovery: Scientists reveal giant shark’s astonishing true scale 

    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.

  • Ocearch to start new great white shark expedition in Nova Scotia waters next week 

    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.

  • Unmanned Underwater Vehicles: An Ocean of Possibilities 

    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.

  • The technology solving the ocean’s greatest mysteries 

    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.

  • WWII German U-boat sunk after colliding with another sub found at bottom of Baltic 

    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.

  • 30 New Species of Deep-Sea Life Forms Discovered Near The Galapagos 

    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.

  • Ocean Or Space: What Have We Explored More? 

    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.

  • Robot boat completes three-week Atlantic mission 

    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.

  • Contractor goes above and beyond for NOAA 

    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.

  • Robots go their own way deep in the ocean 

    August 14, 2020  |  BBC

    Firms are building robots that can survey the seabed and underwater structures without human help.

  • Rare ‘Boomerang’ Earthquake Tracked by Scientists in the Ocean for the First Time 

    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.

  • Deep-Sea Microbes Exert the Least Amount of Energy Possible to Survive 

    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.

  • Bioprospecting in Practice: How a drug goes from the ocean to the clinic. 

    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.

  • CN Strategic Programs team helps pioneer deepwater exploration guide 

    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.

  • Mysterious deep "blue hole" off Florida's coast sparks search for signs of life 

    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.

  • Scientists Set to Explore a Deep 'Blue Hole' at the Bottom of the Ocean 

    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.

  • Ambitious designs for underwater 'space station' and habitat unveiled 

    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.

  • German U-boat that sank during World War II spotted in incredible underwater pictures 

    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.

  • HMS Challenger: The voyage that birthed oceanography 

    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.

  • 11 Deeply Interesting Facts About Our 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.

  • Scientists Unlock the Secret to Ultra-Black Skin of Deep-Sea Fish 

    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.

  • Depth star: Gruesome-looking 'Darth Vader' sea cockroach discovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean is identified as a new species 

    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.

  • Divers explore Huron Bay for evidence of ancient mining civilizations 

    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.

  • ‘Alien-like’ creature resembling E.T. discovered in ancient area of Pacific seafloor 

    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.

  • Q&A: A magnificent new sponge from the deep gets a name 

    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.

  • Narwhal DNA captured a survival story the last time the glaciers melted 

    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.

  • Prehistoric mystery emerges off Texas after wood found buried 20 feet below seafloor 

    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.

  • New Study Tracks Trash Found at the Ocean's Depths 

    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.

  • First completely remote at-sea science expedition in Australia's coral sea marine park 

    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.

  • Mariana Trench: Don Walsh's son repeats historic ocean dive 

    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.

  • The Trump Administration Is Advancing Ocean Exploration

    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.

  • 6 Women Pioneers of Ocean Exploration 

    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.

  • Former NASA astronaut Kathy Sullivan who made history as the first American female spacewalker breaks new ground by diving 36,000ft under water to the lowest point on Earth 

    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.

  • 9 Major Milestones in the Interesting History of Submarines 

    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.

  • The deep dive: what space and ocean exploration can learn from each other 

    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.

  • Why You Should Love the Deep-Sea Lizardfish 

    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.

  • 9 Crushing Facts about Deep-Sea Exploration Technology 

    April 29, 2020  |  Interesting Engineering

    Here are some amazing facts and milestones from the history of deep-sea exploration and its technology.

  • The longest ocean creature may have just been discovered near Australia — and it looks like a giant galactic swirl 

    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.

  • NOAA, Vulcan to Explore and Map the Deep Ocean 

    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.

  • Amazing and horrifying creatures that live in the Gulf of Mexico 

    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.

  • What The Titanic Looks Like Now Vs The Day It Sank 

    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.

  • NOAA Teams with Record-Breaking Explorer to Map the Unknowns of Earth’s Deepest Ocean Points 

    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.

  • A year long expedition spotlights night life in the Arctic winter 

    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.

  • Mysterious 150-foot deep sea creature is actually millions of tiny clones 

    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.

  • Earth’s oceans may hold the key to finding life beyond our planet 

    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.

  • Prehistoric forest of massive trees found buried in sea floor off Alabama, NOAA says 

    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.

  • New NOAA program to support and expand agency’s use of unmanned systems 

    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.

  • Deep-sea fish seasonal migration discovered for first time 

    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.

  • Illuminating find: Here's how squid talk to each other in the dark 

    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."

  • This is the first deep-sea fish known to be a mouthbreeder 

    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.

  • The Drone Boat of 'Shipwreck Alley' 

    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.

  • Less Than 20% of Deep-Sea Life Can Be Identified, Researchers Find 

    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.

  • Three U.S. Planes Lost During World War II Found in Pacific Lagoon 

    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.

  • Exploring the deep: the race to the ocean floor – Science Weekly podcast 

    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.

  • Scientists create cyborg jellyfish with swimming superpowers 

    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.

  • Bermuda Triangle shipwreck discovered almost 100 years after it vanished 

    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.

  • Race to the bottom of the sea – the little known heroes of the 20th century's 'inner space race' 

    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.

  • Investigating Rates of Microbial Methane Munching in the 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.

  • NOAA, Ocean Infinity to advance ocean exploration and mapping 

    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.

  • New postmark will celebrate Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s 90th anniversary 

    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.

  • NOAA launches 'the next Lewis and Clark expedition' 

    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.

  • Extraordinary Deep-sea Footage Captures Fish With ‘Feet’ Walking Across the Ocean Floor 

    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.

2019

  • NOAA Outlines Plans to Adopt AI and Cloud Solutions 

    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.

  • Footage of Mysterious Anglerfish That Can 'Walk' Captured During Deep-sea Expedition 

    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.

  • The history of the narwhal, the 'unicorn of the sea' with 10-foot tusks that scientists are only beginning to understand 

    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."

  • Our Oceans Are Full of Vast Dead Zones Without Oxygen 

    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.

  • Momentum Grows for Mapping the Seafloor 

    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.

  • Mysterious Craters in the Seafloor Were Likely Formed by Garbage, Scientists Say 

    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.

  • A Deep-Sea Magma Monster Gets a Body Scan 

    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.

  • URI is designing the future of deep-sea exploration 

    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.

  • NASA is testing an alien-hunting, upside-down underwater rover in Antarctica. It's one of several plans to explore 2 ocean worlds for signs of life. 

    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.

  • Trump plan to push seafloor mapping wins warm reception 

    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.

  • Scientists first to develop rapid cell division in marine sponges 

    November 21, 2019  |  EurekAlert!

    Groundbreaking discovery by Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch, collaborators impacts marine biotechnology, early animal evolution and climate change.

  • President Donald J. Trump Is Accelerating Ocean Exploration

    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.

  • The New Ocean Explorers 

    November 19, 2019  |  Popular Mechanics

    Meet the wind- and solar-powered ocean drones boldly going where humans rarely venture—including the harsh, unforgiving Antarctic.

  • Bubble Subs Arise, Opening Eyes to the Deep Sea 

    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.

  • Long metallic fish resembling ’80s sci-fi’ creature seen hunting off Florida coast 

    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.

  • Ocean exploration mission reveals incredible biodiversity — and why it is in danger 

    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.

  • Droegemeier and Neumayr: Why Trump's making ocean exploration a top priority 

    November 13, 2019  |  Fox Business

    The White House is holding a summit on ocean science and technology -- here's why.

  • If alien life exists in our solar system, it may look like this 

    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.

  • What Happens After A Whale Dies? 

    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.

  • U.S. Navy Destroyer Sunk in World War II Is Found 20,000 Feet Under the Sea 

    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.

  • How Cheap Robots Are Transforming Ocean Exploration 

    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?

  • Creepy and crawly creatures from under the sea: Researchers share Halloween favorites 

    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.

  • Stubborn crab and cutthroat eels clash in brutal food fight on seafloor, video shows 

    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.

  • Allison Fundis: Why we need far more exploration of the ocean 

    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.

  • Why giant squid, the once mythical kraken of the deep, are still mystifying scientists 150 years after they were discovered 

    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.

  • Coming to classrooms everywhere: Dazzling undersea-exploration science, thanks to AltaSea and allies like Dr. Robert Ballard 

    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.

  • Deep Sea Exploration Uncovers Spooky Sight of Octopus Squad Devouring Whale 

    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.

  • Ocean Exploration Changed Human History—And the Story Started Centuries Before Christopher Columbus 

    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.

  • Broadcasting the Ocean's Depths 

    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.

  • WATCH: Shapeshifting jellyfish puts on a mesmerising show (while researchers freak out) 

    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).

  • Reconnecting with the deep sea 

    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.

  • Divers Get an Eerie First Look Inside the Arctic Shipwreck of the HMS Terror 

    August 29, 2019  |  Smithsonian Magazine

    Marine archaeologists exploring the 19th-century vessel could discover clues about what befell the sailors of the Franklin expedition.

  • Amelia Earhart’s Remains Were Never Found. This Horrifying Theory Could Explain Why. 

    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.

  • Canadian, American scientists team up to explore deep ocean floor off Nova Scotia 

    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.

  • NASA eyes the ocean: How the deep sea could unlock outer space 

    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.

  • US Scientists Discover World's Largest Source Of Methane 

    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.

  • New Images of The Titanic Reveal How The Wreck Is Being 'Consumed' by Ocean Microbes 

    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.

  • Finding Amelia Earhart’s Plane Seemed Impossible. Then Came a Startling Clue. 

    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.

  • New SETI Project Will Practice Looking for Alien Life Near Deep-Sea Vents on Earth 

    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.

  • What we’ve missed in the Abyss: Mining 40 years of cruise reports for biodiversity and research effort data from deep-sea 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.

  • Stunning New Images Of Long-Lost World War II Submarine Found In Alaska 

    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.

  • First-Ever Tagging of Rare Deep-Sea Shark Marks Major Scientific Milestone & Unlocks Ocean Conservation Opportunities 

    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.

  • This roach-sized ‘voracious predator’ attacked and ate everything it met, NOAA says 

    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.

  • Six underwater volcanoes found hiding in plain sight 

    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.

  • Scientists Freak Out Over A Rare, Adorable “Piglet Squid” 

    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.

  • Fourth WWII US Submarine Discovery Continues Lost 52 Projects Mission of Honoring Sailors 

    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.

  • ThayerMahan Completes Seabed Survey Operations aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 

    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.

  • Newly Described Deep-Sea Squid Captured On Video For The First Time 

    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.

  • Seafloor off Outer Banks island is 'field' of methane plumes 

    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.”

  • Researchers deploy new tech to explore depths of Gulf of Mexico 

    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.

  • National Geographic Announces ‘Mission OceanX’ 

    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.

  • 'It Was Like Seeing a T. Rex in the Water': Ancient, Deep-sea Shark up to 20 Feet Long Filmed by Florida Scientists 

    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.

  • Canada's biggest underwater volcano is just off B.C.'s coast — and scientists are finding new species there 

    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.

  • Planet ocean: Earth’s last frontier 

    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.

  • Watch massive, rare ‘prehistoric’ shark swim in depths of the ocean 

    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.

  • Watch: Scientists Spot Deep-Sea Crab Feeding on ‘Fish Egg Buffet’ 

    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.

  • Watch: Scientists Spot Bizarre ‘Ravioli’ Starfish in Atlantic Ocean 

    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.

  • Shark swallowed whole during rare deep-sea feeding frenzy off South Carolina coast, video shows 

    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.

  • Archaeologists anxious to find oil tanker sunk off South Carolina by German U-boat in WWII 

    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.

  • Strange sonar blip deep in Gulf of Mexico is mysterious shipwreck from 1800s, NOAA says 

    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.

  • Closing Out The Cephalo-Party 

    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.

  • We should care more about the deep sea than we do deep space 

    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.

  • Proof of ‘gigantism’ found by deep sea explorers off southern US: A huge shrimp 

    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.”

  • Definitive Global Map of Ocean Floor Doubles Data 

    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%.

  • Newly Discovered Pacific Hydrothermal Vents Hint At How Life Might Evolve On Other Ocean Worlds 

    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.

  • Spotted for the first time: a fish holding its breath underwater 

    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.

  • Winners Announced in XPRIZE for Advancements in Autonomous Ocean Exploration 

    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.

  • Mystery 200-year-old shipwreck discovered in Gulf of Mexico mission clues about crew and vessel, just the number 2019 

    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.

  • A long-lost shipwreck was found by accident as NOAA tested equipment 

    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.

  • NASA Prepares for Future Moon Exploration with International Undersea Crew 

    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.

  • Exploring the Oceans by Remote Control 

    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.

  • Northern Michigan in Focus: B.E.N. 

    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.

  • Study explores the use of robots and artificial intelligence to understand the deep-sea 

    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.

  • Strange Deep-sea Tubeworms Discovered for First Time Off North Carolina's 

    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.

  • Sea Cucumbers Keep Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ 

    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.

  • Seafloor Maps Reveal Underwater Caves, Slopes, and Fault Lines 

    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.

  • A tectonic plate may have peeled apart—and that could shrink the Atlantic Ocean 

    May 6, 2019  |  National Geographic

    Something strange is happening off the coast of Portugal, and scientists have now proposed a groundbreaking explanation.

  • Life Under the Sea 

    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.

  • ‘Spectacular rock faces’ covered in starfish seen in Outer Banks canyon, video shows 

    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.

  • Salvors Survey Grande America Wreck 

    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.

  • Do sharks lay eggs? 

    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.

  • 13 of the Weirdest Deep Sea Creatures 

    April 2019  |  Reader's Digest

    The Earth’s briny waters are full of life—some of it is truly strange and mysterious-looking.

  • Seychelles President's Underwater Speech: Protect Our Oceans 

    April 14, 2019  |  U.S. News & World Report

    Seychelles president in underwater speech pleads to protect world's oceans from climate change.

  • Oil-eating microbes found in the deepest part of the ocean could help clean up man-made oil spills 

    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.

  • Mark Dalio and OceanX Combine Science and Storytelling 

    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.

  • Researchers to Monitor Disruptive US Gulf Current 

    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.

  • Underwater Drones Market Key Players Deep Trekker, Aquabotix, Open ROV, Power Vision 

    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.

  • The U.S.S. Wasp: Torpedoed, Scuttled, Sunk and Now Found 

    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.

  • The Epic Hunt for a Lost World War II Aircraft Carrier 

    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.

  • Indian Ocean exploration mission makes historic broadcast 

    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.

  • Making the First National Seafloor Habitat Map 

    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.

  • NASA dropped a space exploration robot into Cape Cod’s waters to reach the darkest unknowns 

    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.

  • Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation 

    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.

  • NASA is testing a new submarine that will hunt for undiscovered sea life — and scientists eventually want it to look for aliens on Europa 

    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.

  • URI to name new research ship Resolution; keel to be laid in May 

    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.

  • Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Finalists Conduct Final Field Tests in Puerto Rico for $1M NOAA Bonus Prize 

    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.

  • Waves of Deadly Brine Can Slosh After Submarine Landslides 

    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.

  • Scientists Prepare to Explore Uncharted Waters of the Indian Ocean 

    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.

  • Uncharted Worlds: Descending into the dark sea is like exploring deep space 

    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.

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