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.
September 12, 2019 | Earth Touch News
A team aboard a research vessel could barely contain themselves recently when a shapeshifting jellyfish emerged from the depths to put on a ghostly display in front of their remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
August 29, 2019 | Oceanopgrahic Magazine
My first expedition to the deep sea was a bit serendipitous. I had finished my first degree at the University of Southampton in the UK and headed back to my home country of Trinidad and Tobago to fulfil a scholarship obligation.
August 29, 2019 | Smithsonian Magazine
Marine archaeologists exploring the 19th-century vessel could discover clues about what befell the sailors of the Franklin expedition.
August 29, 2019 | Huffington Post
A strange and disturbing possibility resurfaces as a new mission is under way to find her aircraft. There’s a new effort underway to discover what happened to aviation legend Amelia Earhart, who vanished 82 years ago along with navigator Fred Noonan during an ill-fated attempt to fly around the world.
August 23, 2019 | CBC
An American deep sea research vessel is now scheduled to depart Halifax Tuesday on a "voyage of discovery" that will send cameras and other instruments into six deepwater ocean canyons and channels off Nova Scotia.
August 23, 2019 | Christian Science Monitor
It should be a lifeless wasteland. Temperatures are barely above freezing, miles of water apply crushing pressure, and no sunlight reaches there. But the deepest parts of the ocean are actually rife with outlandish lifeforms.
August 23, 2019 | Medical Daily
Researchers have discovered the source of the seafloor methane that’s emitting millions and millions of tons of this potent greenhouse gas into the world’s oceans. In the process, the research team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts also discovered the largest source of “abiotic methane” on the planet.
August 22, 2019 | Science Alert
The wreck of what may be the most famous and infamous sea vessel in history has been visited by humans for the first time in almost 15 years – revealing an incredible state of natural deterioration hidden deep within the Atlantic Ocean.
August 12, 2019 | New York Times
Robert Ballard is the finder of important lost things. In 1985, he discovered the Titanic scattered beneath the Atlantic Ocean. He and his team also located the giant Nazi battleship Bismarck and, more recently, 18 shipwrecks in the Black Sea. Dr. Ballard has always wanted to find the remains of the plane Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared in 1937. But he feared the hunt would be yet another in a long line of futile searches.
August 9, 2019 | Discover Magazine
Now, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has received a NASA grant to fund a new project called In-situ Vent Analysis Divebot for Exobiology Research (InVADER). It will explore deep-sea vents on Earth in preparation for the day that scientists can send a similar craft out into the solar system to explore alien oceans and their own hydrothermal vents.
August 8, 2019 | Southern Fried Science
In the forty years since that first discovery, hundreds of research expedition ventured into the deep oceans to study and understand the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. In doing so, they discovered thousands of new species, unraveled the secrets of chemosynthesis, and fundamentally altered our understanding of what it means to be alive on this planet. Now, as deep-sea mining crawls slowly towards production, we must transform those discoveries into conservation and management principles to safeguard the diversity and resilience of life in the deep sea.
August 7, 2019 | IFL Science
Deep in the frosty waters of Alaska, explorers have captured stunning images of a US submarine that seemingly vanished in the heat of World War Two. The bow of the USS Grunion submarine was recently identified by a team from the Lost 52 Project at a depth of around 820 meters (2,700 feet) in the waters near the Aleutian Islands, a curved band of remote volcanic islands that run between Alaska and Russia in the Pacific Ocean. The recent rediscovery was made using a gang of autonomous underwater vehicles that were able to capture advanced photogrammetry images of the submarine, showing its sunken glory in stunning three-dimensional detail.
August 7, 2019 | PR Web
Scientists from nine marine conservation, exploration and research organizations today announced the completion of a successful three-week research and media mission to study bluntnose sixgill sharks and oceanic whitetip sharks in protected and unprotected waters of the Wider Caribbean. Mission scientists successfully placed satellite tags on both shark species, marking the first time a bluntnose sixgill shark has ever been tagged at depth in its natural habitat. This and other results of the mission will provide scientists with critical data necessary to protect the ocean’s apex predators throughout their lifecycle.
August 7, 2019 | The Kansas City Star
Ocean predators come in all sizes, and a team of scientists working in the Gulf of Alaska last week says it found one of the smallest and most insatiable. Looking like an aquatic roach, the half-inch-long copepod has terrorized everything biologists mistakenly sat next to it, according to a Facebook post by researchers working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
August 5, 2019 | National Geographic
When the rocky mound lurched onto his computer screen aboard the R/V OGS Explora, geophysicist Emanuele Lodolo couldn’t believe his eyes. Just four miles off the coast of Sicily, the team had stumbled on a previously unknown volcano with an old lava flow trailing some 2.5 miles westward across the seafloor.
July 31, 2019 | The Nerdist
The ocean is full of mysterious creatures and sea life, most of which will never be seen or understood by humans. That’s why it’s such a treat when we stumble across an underwater being that’s totally foreign to our eyeballs, something that recently happened for a team of scientists aboard a ship called the Nautilus in the Pacific Ocean. What was it that they saw? An adorable little squid that looks like a piglet with tentacle antennas. Yes, it’s both as weird and as cute as it sounds.
July 30, 2019 | Cision PR News Wire
The bow of WWII Submarine USS Grunion (SS-216) has been discovered in 2700 feet of water off the Aleutian Islands, Alaska by a team pioneering robotic ocean exploration. The ongoing WWII submarine discoveries lead by ocean explorer Tim Taylor are applying comprehensive 3D imaging pioneering a new frontier in ocean exploration.
July 30, 2019 | Cision PR News Wire
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer completed leg one of Expedition 1904 in partnership with private industry and the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER). The mission consisted of seabed surveys of Undersea Cultural Heritage (UCH) sites located along the East Coast of the United States. Engineers from ThayerMahan's Seabed Systems Group, along with representatives from their technology partner Kraken Robotics, demonstrated the efficacy of their SeaScout Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system in gathering high-resolution (3 cm x 3 cm), high-speed (6 - 8 knots), wide-area (up to 3 km2 / hour) precision seabed imagery.
July 29, 2019 | IFLScience
Making waves in the world of oceanic exploration, researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus have filmed a mysterious deep-sea squid alive for the first time.
July 29, 2019 | Fredericksburg.Com
Deep-sea explorers investigating a spot 39 miles off North Carolina’s Outer Banks say they encountered a surreal stretch of seafloor filled with geyser-like bubble plumes, some of them “continuous and others turning off and on over periods of less than a minute.”
July 26, 2019 | FIU News
FIU marine scientist Kevin Boswell and a multi-institution research team will deploy experimental technology next week to explore the deep scattering layers of the ocean. They are looking for information about animals in the Gulf of Mexico that make up the scattering layers — those that undergo daily vertical migrations of 100 to 1,000 meters. These animals represent the largest organized animal migration on the planet, yet little is known about them.
July 25, 2019 | Deeper Blue
National Geographic this week announced it has launched a new TV series with a working title of “MISSION OCEANX,” a global, six-episode series and cross-platform event that pairs a dream team of the world’s greatest ocean storytellers with the most advanced combined exploration and media vessel ever built. As a part of the series launch, the OceanX team is encouraging a broad audience to get involved by renaming the M/V Alucia2, the most advanced science and media vessel ever constructed, which will build on the legacy of OceanX’s current marine research vessel the M/V Alucia.
July 23, 2019 | Newsweek
A team of researchers has managed to tag and film an ancient type of deep-sea shark—which can grow up to 20 feet in length and weigh more than a ton—in its native habitat. The bluntnose sixgill is one of the largest sharks in the world, characterized by six pairs of long gill slits—most sharks have five—a long tail, a rounded snout, big green eyes and comb-like teeth.
July 16, 2019 | CBC News
Canada's largest underwater volcano is off the coast of British Columbia and, over the next two weeks, a team of national scientists will be doing a deep-sea exploration mission of the area. The team from Fisheries and Oceans Canada set off Monday on the deep-ocean journey to research the Explorer Seamount — an underwater mountain west of Vancouver Island.
July 16, 2019 | E&T Engineering and Technology
With most of the ocean seabed unmapped, Earth’s last frontier of terrestrial discovery has become a focus of activity for explorers, scientists, cartographers and environmentalists.
July 15, 2019 | silive.com
Marine biologists captured incredible footage of a rare deep-sea shark during a mission to tag the species at its native depth from a submarine. After several failed attempts, OceanX scientists tagged a bluntnose sixgill shark in the Bahamas on June 29 -- making history by tagging an animal from a submersible, or submarine, for the first time ever, according to an OceanX blog post.
July 12, 2019 | Geek.com
An expedition exploring the deep-sea habitats of the southeastern United States has spotted some fascinating, rarely-seen sights, including a wreckfish swallowing a shark whole, and an interesting ravioli-like starfish. Recently, it also recorded a deep-sea crab plucking fish eggs from a pile — and eating them.
July 10, 2019 | Geek.com
Scientists have filmed some of the world’s weirdest deep-sea creatures, but a recent expedition off the southeast coast of the U.S. gave researchers a chance to record one that looks weird and...delicious.
July 8, 2019 | Fox News
Researchers exploring the depths of the ocean off the coast of South Carolina recorded a rare sight last month when they stumbled upon a shark feeding frenzy that had a surprise ending.
July 3, 2019 | Greenville News
A 75-year-old mystery off the coast of South Carolina took a strange twist Friday, when an expedition of maritime archaeologist and historians tried to find an oil tanker sunk by a German U-boat in 1943.
July 1, 2019 | Charolotte Observer
A sonar anomaly deep in the Gulf of Mexico -- officially known as Site 15711 -- is now known to be the resting place of a sailing ship that went down in the 1800s, according to a report by NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research. An expedition on June 27 confirmed it was a shipwreck after sending a remote control camera down 1,800 feet to view the somber debris field that included everything from from dinnerware to glass bottles.
June 28, 2019 | Science Friday
The eight-day squid-and-kin appreciation extravaganza of Cephalopod Week is nearly over, but there’s still plenty to learn and love about these tentacled “aliens” of the deep. After a rare video sighting of a giant squid—the first in North American waters—last week, NOAA zoologist Mike Vecchione talks about his role identifying the squid from a mere 25 seconds of video, and why ocean exploration is the best way to learn about the behavior and ecology of deep-sea cephalopods.
June 20, 2019 | Quartz
For millennia, the ocean has been an inspiration for generations of storytellers and poets, novelists and artists. Throughout history, it has served as a ubiquitous backdrop for stories of adventure and exploration: Treasure Island, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to name a few.
June 18, 2019 | Charlotte Observer
A “giant” shrimp longer than a human hand was encountered Sunday as part of an expedition to collect data “about unknown and poorly understood deep water areas” in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep sea explorers, who were clearly impressed, cited the blood-red creature as an example of “the phenomenon of gigantism in the deep sea, when animals grow much larger than their shallow water relatives.”
June 17, 2019 | Hydro International
The data available to produce the definitive map of the world’s ocean floor has more than doubled, just two years after the launch of an international effort to produce a complete map by the year 2030. Following the efforts of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, coverage of the world’s ocean floor has now increased from 6% to 15%.
June 11, 2019 | IFL Science
A newly discovered abnormal hydrothermal vent discovered 120 kilometers (75 miles) off the west coast of America could help researchers find life on oceanic worlds beyond our own.
June 7, 2019 | Science
Like us, fish need oxygen to survive. But to breathe, most pull oxygen-containing water into their mouths and pump it through their gill chambers before expelling it out of their gill slits. Now, for the first time, scientists have seen fish “holding” that breath, some for up to 4 minutes at a time.
June 3, 2019 | Hydro International
XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, has announced winners in the US$7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. The results were revealed at an awards ceremony hosted at the world-renowned Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, part of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation.
May 30, 2019 | Newsweek
Researchers testing equipment in the Gulf of Mexico inadvertently discovered the 200-year-old wreckage of a ship earlier this month. Evidence from the wreck suggests it's sailors may have come to a fiery end.
May 30, 2019 | CNN
The hull of a ship, still sheathed in copper, and the numbers "2109" on a rudder suddenly appeared in the depths of the abyss. It was an "unexpected and exciting discovery" that sea floor explorers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made earlier this month while conducting a routine test of their new remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, in the Gulf of Mexico, NOAA announced.
May 29, 2019 | SpaceRef
NASA will join an international crew on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean this summer to prepare for future deep space missions during the 10-day NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 23 expedition slated to begin June 10.
May 28, 2019 | The New Yorker
In 2015, Melissa Omand, a thirty-four-year-old oceanographer at the University of Rhode Island, began preparing for a six-day research expedition. For the first time, Omand would be the lead scientist—an important professional milestone. She would be supervising eleven other researchers studying how the movement of carbon through the oceans shapes the global climate. Many of them would be using advanced instruments that had never before been deployed in the field. The expedition was set for October. In April, Omand learned that she was pregnant.
May 22, 2019 | 9 & 10 News
The bottom of Lake Huron is massive and a lot of it still holds many secrets. Over the last two weeks the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has teamed up with Dr. Bob Ballard’s team to help unlock some of those mysteries. Corey Adkins explains in this week’s Northern Michigan in Focus.
May 10, 2019 | Phys.Org
Artificial intelligence (AI) could help scientists shed new light on the variety of species living on the ocean floor, according to new research led by the University of Plymouth.
May 9, 2019 | Newsweek
Researchers have discovered strange deep-sea tubeworms 36 miles off the North Carolina coast—an animal that has never been observed before in this area of the Atlantic Ocean. A team from the Deep Search program made the find while exploring several recently identified methane cold seeps— cracks or fissures where hydrocarbon-rich fluid is released from below the seafloor—near Pea Islan. They used a remotely operated vehicle known as Jason, which belongs to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
May 8, 2019 | Hakai Magazine
It’s an odd line to hear, that the sea cucumbers “wouldn’t settle down.” But that curious observation, made in the lab of Memorial University of Newfoundland professor and biologist Annie Mercier, set the stage for the discovery of a wholly unexpected mode of locomotion in orange-footed sea cucumbers.
May 6, 2019 | Wired
Larry Mayer is headed out this week on a ship to explore the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast. Well, he’s actually exploring seafloor formations near the islands, looking for evidence that ancient peoples might have camped out in the caves as they migrated south some 15,000 years ago, a time when the sea level was 600 feet lower than today.
May 6, 2019 | National Geographic
Something strange is happening off the coast of Portugal, and scientists have now proposed a groundbreaking explanation.
May 1, 2019 | Coastal Review Online
This vibrant octopus was spotted in the Pamlico Canyon about 20 miles offshore of the Outer Banks by a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, during a dive by DEEP SEARCH, an interagency project sponsored by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. The dive is part of the fifth research expedition of the 4.5-year Deep Sea Exploration and Research of Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats, or DEEP SEARCH.
April 26, 2019 | Charlotte Observer
Explorers surveying mile-deep sea canyons this week off North Carolina’s Outer Banks say they encountered “spectacular” rock walls draped in deep-sea animals and brightly colored corals. The discoveries were made in the Pamlico Canyon, 20 miles off the Outer Banks, according to the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research team for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
April 23, 2019 | Marine Technology News
Seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity said it has conducted urgent subsea search, inspection and operations on the wreck of the MV Grande America, which sank in the Bay of Biscay on March 12.
April 23, 2019 | Natural History Museum
A huge variety of animals produce eggs. These help to protect and provide for offspring as they develop. There are over 500 species of shark living in waters around the world and the majority give birth to live young. The remainder are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs.
April 2019 | Reader's Digest
The Earth’s briny waters are full of life—some of it is truly strange and mysterious-looking.
April 14, 2019 | U.S. News & World Report
Seychelles president in underwater speech pleads to protect world's oceans from climate change.
April 11, 2019 | Times Union
The deepest part of the infamous Mariana Trench — a 43-mile-wide crescent canyon that cuts its way through 1,500 miles of ocean at the edge of two tectonic plates — the Challenger Deep is home to a unique ecosystem of creatures and microorganisms.
March 26, 2019 | Barron's
Mark Dalio was an associate producer at National Geographic’s television network in 2013 when he watched scientists and filmmakers with the Discovery Channel and the Japanese broadcaster NHK capture the first-ever footage of a giant squid.
March 26, 2019 | Marine Technology News
A major $2 million scientific study led by the University of Rhode Island (URI)’s Graduate School of Oceanography will monitor disruptive ocean currents in the US Gulf of Mexico, with a long term goal to improve forecasts for safer offshore operations in the region.
March 15, 2019 | Digital Day News
Underwater Drones market is growing at a progressive growth rate due to increasing usage for surveillance, gathering data and intelligence. These Underwater drones are specially used for research in oil and gas industry due to which the implementation of underwater drones have been increased significantly in recent years. Moreover, organizations in ocean exploration have started using these underwater drones for mapping ocean floor and for other purposes.
March 14, 2019 | The New York Times Magazine
Three hours after nightfall on Sept. 15, 1942, the U.S.S. Wasp, a United States Navy aircraft carrier, slipped beneath the waves 350 miles southeast of Guadalcanal. Hit by two or possibly three torpedoes from a Japanese submarine, the crippled ship was abandoned, then torpedoed by an American destroyer to send it to the bottom, approximately 14,000 feet below. In the early morning hours of Jan. 14, 2019, researchers laid eyes on the Wasp for the first time in 76 years.
March 13, 2019 | The New York Times Magazine
In 1942, a volley of torpedoes sent the U.S.S. Wasp to the bottom of the Pacific. For decades, the families of the dead wondered where in the lightless depths of the ocean the ship could possibly be. Earlier this year, a team of wreck hunters set out to find it.
March 12, 2019 | ABC News
A British-led scientific mission to document changes taking place beneath the Indian Ocean has broadcast its first live, television-quality video transmission from a two-person submersible.
March 11, 2019 | Eos
Imagine that the ocean could be drained to reveal the landscape of the seafloor around Australia. Now imagine that we could overlay on this landscape a map of the various seafloor types and the ways that marine animals and plants are distributed across these seafloor types. Even better, imagine being able to easily visualize all these factors in relation to resource management boundaries or factors that place stress on marine environments.
March 1, 2019 | Mashable
Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) collaborated to build Orpheus, a small, autonomous robot capable of exploring the deepest, uncharted realms in the ocean — and possibly one day exploring extraterrestrial ocean worlds in our solar system, like the moons Europa and Enceladus.
February 21, 2019 | Marine Technology News
As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Marine Technology Reporter explores half a century of subsea technology development and discovery. Oceanology International Americas runs February 25-27, 2019 in San Diego.
February 21, 2019 | mySA
Scientists from NASA and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have teamed up on a $1.2 million, privately funded effort to research, design, and build a new robot to explore the hadal zone. The group aptly named the new drone Orpheus, after the mythic Greek hero who dove to the depths of hell and serenaded Hades, the king of the underworld. Scientists hope that similarly, this Orpheus will one day find new bottom-dwelling sea creatures and snap photos of deep-sea life.
February 14, 2019 | The Independent
After a wide-ranging search for nominations and thorough deliberations, the new Regional Class Research Vessel that will soon call the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus home has a name.
February 12, 2019 | The Associated Press
As the world’s leader in designing and managing incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, XPRIZE today announced that the three finalist teams competing for the $1M Bonus Prize sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in its Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, have tested their technologies in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
January 28, 2019 | Eos
Brine pools—hypersaline, low-oxygen waters deadly to many forms of ocean life—can experience waves hundreds of meters high when hit by a landslide, potentially overspilling their deep-sea basins.
January 24, 2019 | Time
Scientists prepared Thursday to embark on an unprecedented, years-long mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades.
January 17, 2019 | Mashable
As midnight neared, we bobbed around in the black Caribbean Sea aboard a rubber dinghy. There were five of us out there, peering down into the undulating, forever darkness. We scoured the water for signs of a telltale light, coming from below.
December 23, 2018 | The Weather Network
It's the largest invertebrate on earth, weighing up to 750 kg, yet nobody has managed to capture video of the colossal squid in its natural habitat. SubC Imaging is hoping to change that.
December 21, 2018 | Popular Science
"One down!” Those were Victor Vescovo’s first words after climbing out of the hatch of the DSV Limiting Factor. He had just dove 27,480 feet down to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench, making him the first person to reach the absolute nadir of the Atlantic Ocean.
December 17, 2018 | The Newport Daily News
The new high-tech images of the submarines in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound are helping to make the case for preservation of the wreckage sites with the cooperation of the Navy and the state.
December 14, 2018 | Science Alert
Deep under the ocean, in the dark, dark depths, marine scientists have discovered a new field of hydrothermal vents, hosting an ecosystem unlike any other - with a plethora of species that have never been seen before.
December 10, 2018 | Geospatial World
The U.N.-backed project, called Seabed 2030, is urging countries and companies to pool data to create a map of the entire ocean floor by 2030 which will be freely available to all.
December 9, 2018 | CBS News
In 1985 oceanographer and Naval Reserve commanding officer Robert Ballard stunned the world when he found the Titanic. But how he did it remained a highly-classified U.S. government Cold War secret for decades. An exhibition at the National Geographic museum in Washington, D.C., called "Titanic: The Untold Story," recounts the tragic fate of the ship, a supposedly unsinkable liner that struck an iceberg on April 15, 1912.
December 6, 2018 | Mother Nature Network
Scientists exploring the deep sea off the coast of Puerto Rico recently spotted a stunning species of jellyfish they've since nicknamed "the psychedelic Medusa." Officially known as a Rhopalonematid jelly Crossota millsae, this species previously has been spotted in depths below 3,000 feet (914 meters) in deep-sea regions from the Pacific to the Arctic.
December 5, 2018 | Reuters
A U.N.-backed project, called Seabed 2030, is urging countries and companies to pool data to create a map of the entire ocean floor by 2030. The map will be freely available to all.
November 21, 2018 | Forbes
What would you say is the biggest collection of human history? While a museum may be on the tip of your tongue, let me stop you right there to tell you that you are wrong. It isn’t a museum, but an environment that most likely holds more human history than every museum on our planet combined: our oceans.
November 21, 2018 | U.S News and World Report
U.S. scientists have wrapped up a 22-day mission exploring waters around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with the deepest dives ever undertaken in the region.
November 19, 2018 | Science Magazine
"A dream vessel" is what Joana Xavier, a sponge expert at the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine and Environmental Research in Porto, Portugal, calls a new research ship due to launch in 2021. Funded by a Norwegian billionaire, the 183-meter-long Research Expedition Vessel (REV) will be the largest such ship ever built, more than twice the length of most rivals. Engineered to endure polar ice, punishing weather, and around-the-world voyages, the REV will not only be big and tough, but packed with top-of-the-line research gear—and luxurious accommodations.
November 19, 2018 | CNN
Last week, scientific explorers caught a jellyfish in such an electrifying pose that they're calling it the "psychedelic Medusa." Scientists suggest the jellyfish, officially called Rhopalonematid jelly Crossota millsae, hovers just above the seafloor, while its tentacles reach out 360 degrees ready to sting its prey.
November 2, 2018 | Live Science
During the Oct. 23, 2018 dive of the ROV Hercules, part of the Nautilus exploration program, a cirrate octopod of the Grimpoteuthis species swam into view. Using the scaling lasers aboard the ROV, the research team estimated the animal to be less than 2 feet (60 centimeters) long.
October 25, 2018 | Mashable
On Tuesday at some 10,000 feet beneath the sea, marine scientists spotted a little-seen octopus swimming through the dark, black waters. A robotic Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) piloted by the Ocean Exploration Trust filmed this genus of Octopus, the bell-shaped Grimpoteuthis, as the ROV maneuvered around a deep-sea reef off the central California coast.
October 24, 2018 | KTVZ.COM
A team of researchers led by an Oregon State University marine geologist has documented a recent volcanic eruption on the Mariana back-arc in the western Pacific Ocean that is about 14,700 feet, or 2.8 miles, below the ocean surface, making it the deepest known eruption on Earth.
October 22, 2018 | USA Today
A "headless chicken monster" was spotted swimming in the Antarctic Ocean, Australian researchers announced Sunday. The bizarre creature that does indeed look like it's missing a head is actually a sea cucumber scientifically known as Enypniastes eximia.
October 19, 2018 | WJXT News4Jax
Researchers from the ocean exploration group DEEP SEARCH, (Deep Sea Exploration to Advance Research on Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats) recently used JAXPORT as a home base. They spent a week at sea studying underwater ecosystems from the Florida/Georgia border to North Carolina aboard the TDI-Brooks International Inc. research vessel Brooks McCall. The information gathered will be used to help protect underwater ecosystems.
October 19, 2018 | Deeper Blue
National Geographic announced this week it has partnered with underwater drone company OpenROV to launch the Science Exploration Education (S.E.E.) Initiative, a pioneering effort to explore the ocean. Beginning in 2019, the S.E.E. Initiative will donate 1,000 underwater drones to explore, monitor and protect marine environments.
October 12, 2018 | Science Daily
Inspired by the visual system of the mantis shrimp-researchers have created a new type of camera that could greatly improve the ability of cars to spot hazards in challenging imaging conditions.
October 12, 2018 | University of Washington News
After years working on a cabled observatory that monitors the Pacific Northwest seafloor and water above, a University of Washington engineer decided to share the wonder of the deep sea with younger audiences. The result is “ROPOS and the Underwater Volcano,” published this month by Virginia-based Mascot Books.
October 11, 2018 | Marine Technology News
Archaeologists in Greece have discovered at least 58 shipwrecks, many laden with antiquities, in what they say may be the largest concentration of ancient wrecks ever found in the Aegean and possibly the whole of the Mediterranean.
October 9, 2018 | Robotics Business Review
XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating world-changing incentive competitions, today announced the deep sea off Kalamata, Greece, has been chosen as the field testing location for finalist teams competing in the $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. Deep sea, real-world testing is a key stage in the three-year global competition challenging teams to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned, and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery.
October 4, 2018 | Santa Cruz Sentinel
Few think of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary as the home to beautiful corals, but oceanographic surveys scheduled to begin Oct. 21 will bring these deep-sea soft corals to life for all of us. The peaks of the Davidson Seamount lay 5,000 feet below the ocean surface, approximately 70 miles southwest of the Monterey Peninsula. This underwater mountain is home to large soft corals and sponges as well as crabs, fish and sea stars. The seamount is 8 miles wide and 26 miles long, rises 8,000 feet off the deep ocean floor and is the next destination for the exploration vessel Nautilus.
October 2, 2018 | BBC
And while the expedition is a commercial venture, it is a scientific one too: the group will use advanced 3D-modelling tools to analyse and preserve the memory of the Titanic for generations to come.
September 25, 2018 | Marine Technology News
Marine Technology Reporter catches up with Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D, Senior Director, Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE and members of the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team as the conclusion to the $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE fast approaches.
September 21, 2018 | The Washington Post
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the nation’s largest protected area, stretches over half-a-million square miles of sea and land in Hawaii. It also includes wonderfully odd and stretchy critters, as a research team aboard the exploration vessel Nautilus observed Thursday.
September 13, 2018 | The Canadian Press
Shell Canada Ltd. has given up its ocean exploration rights off northern Vancouver Island, clearing the way for the creation of Canada’s first protected marine area under the Canada Wildlife Act.
September 11, 2018 | The Washington Post
In their latest trip to the Atacama Trench, one of the deepest points in the Pacific Ocean, a team of scientists repeatedly lowered a device called a deep-sea lander overboard and watched as it sank into the cold, dark waters.
August 31, 2018 | NW News Network
Ocean researchers have found nearly 1,000 methane seep sites along the continental shelf of the Pacific Northwest. The bubble streams could be a sign of offshore energy potential, represent a greenhouse gas threat — or be neither of those things at all.
August 31, 2018 | News Deeply
In June, an expedition set off to explore a poorly understood region of the deep sea near the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. NOAA expedition coordinator Kasey Cantwell describes the discoveries that surprised scientists.
August 31, 2018 | Science Friday
NASA is exploring a deep-sea volcano off the coast of Hawaii as a test run for human and robotic missions to Mars and beyond. The mission, dubbed SUBSEA, or Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog, will examine microbial life on the Lō`ihi seamount.
August 30, 2018 | Marine Technology News
A recent expedition led by Dr. Blair Thornton, holding Associate Professorships at both the University of Southampton and the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, demonstrated how the use of autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence at sea can dramatically accelerate the exploration and study of hard to reach deep sea ecosystems, like intermittently active methane seeps.
August 29, 2018 | NBC News
In a discovery that significantly shifts scientists' thinking about coral formation, researchers have found a vast coral reef deep in the Atlantic Ocean some 160 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.
August 27, 2018 | Popular Science
Planned planetary missions like Europa Clipper and possible future missions to Enceladus could look for evidence of habitability, or maybe even microbial life in the oceans beneath those crusts, but before we arrive at these alien worlds to determine their habitability, NASA needs to better understand what these environments might be like. As it turns out, one of the best places to do this is right here on Earth.
August 25, 2018 | Huffington Post
As the research vessel Atlantis made its way out to sea from Woods Hole, Massachusetts, last week, expedition chief scientist Erik Cordes predicted the team would discover something no one has ever seen before. It didn’t take long.
August 23, 2018 | Fox News
Researchers at MIT have developed a system that helps solve a longstanding problem in wireless communication – how to send data directly from a submarine to a plane or drone.
August 16, 2018 | CNN
After 75 years, researchers have discovered the stern of a World War II destroyer off the coast of Alaska and presumably, the final resting place of 70 crew members who were never found after the vessel was hit by a Japanese mine.
August 15, 2018 | Washington Post
The the stern of the USS Abner Read was recently found the off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank during World War II after hitting a mine. Seventy-one Navy sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast.
August 7, 2018 | Mother Nature Network
If the planet stands any chance of keeping a secret from prying humans, it's deep in the oceans. In fact, we've long known there are sprawling ranges — called seamounts — deep underwater, many as breathtakingly grand as anything we've seen on terra firma. Being in the deepest depths, those clandestine cliffs and nebulous valleys elude not just human eyes, but even sea-probing satellites and sonar-equipped ships.
August 6, 2018 | Eos
A sensitive underwater microphone captures the sounds of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, escaping into waters off the coast of Oregon. Using this sound, researchers can estimate the bubbles’ sizes.
August 1, 2018 | PLoS ONE
Soft robotics is an emerging technology that has shown considerable promise in deep-sea marine biological applications. It is particularly useful in facilitating delicate interactions with fragile marine organisms. This study describes the shipboard design, 3D printing and integration of custom soft robotic manipulators for investigating and interacting with deep-sea organisms.
August 1, 2018 | Black Mountain News
Ocean scientists can face hazards on and below the surface of the sea that few of us on shore may ever know. Overcoming potential dangers such as hurricane-force winds, rare 60-foot “rogue waves,” and perhaps even icebergs, as well as facing the deep ocean’s near-freezing temperatures, total darkness and crushing pressure can be part of the job. All just to get to a workplace.
July 18, 2018 | The New York Times
A new invention could help marine scientists study sea creatures in their natural habitat more effectively without harming them in the process.
July 12, 2018 | People
Ever wonder what is hanging out below your feet in open water? Well, if you are swimming off the coast of the Carolinas a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Exploration and Research team has the answer, and you might not like it.
July 12, 2018 | Marine Technology News
In the first ever intentional hunt for a meteorite at sea, researchers set out to investigate the largest recorded meteorite to strike the United States in 21 years. They recovered from the ocean what are believed to be pieces of the dense, interstellar rock.
July 2, 2018 | Newsweek
On March 7, a minivan-sized meteor flashed through the skies at about nine miles per second before splitting up and splashing into the waters of the Pacific Ocean. NASA scientists are among those hunting for the fragments on the Ocean Exploration Trust's E/V Nautilus ship. NASA planetary scientist Marc Fries marked out a 0.4 square mile region of ocean some 330 feet deep to hunt for the meteorites.
June 28, 2018 | LiveScience
The suspenseful wait is over: The unusual "sonar anomaly" detected by an aquatic robot off the coast of North Carolina isn't a shipwreck, and it isn't aliens, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Rather, it's "geologic in origin," NOAA Ocean Explorer reported in a tweet yesterday (June 27).
June 26, 2018 | EurkeAlert!
A research team has successfully recorded the sound of methane bubbles from the seafloor off the Oregon coast using a hydrophone, opening the door to using acoustics to identify - and perhaps quantify - this important greenhouse gas in the ocean.
June 19, 2018 | Mashable
For centuries, sailors spoke about a tentacled monster called "the Kraken" that lurked in the oceans. "There were tales of them pulling ships and men to their death, which may have been partially true, although sailors tell tales," Edith Widder, a marine biologist, said in an interview. The Kraken, however, might exist — in the form of the elusive giant squid.
May 31, 2018 | Phys.org
For the past two years, scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have surveyed the Pacific Northwest near-shore region mapping sites where underwater bubble streams signify methane gas is being released from the seafloor.
April 20, 2018 | Live Science
Unusual deep-sea creatures seen for the first time can sometimes stump even a seasoned expert in marine biology. And in a recent video of an ocean dive in the Gulf of Mexico, an expert's off-camera exclamation revealed his surprised response to the appearance of a squid that had contorted itself into such a peculiar shape that it barely resembled a squid at all.
April 19, 2018 | Business Insider
The world's oceans cover 71% of the planet's surface, yet we've more thoroughly mapped the surface of Mars than we have the ocean floor. At the recent opening of an exhibit about exploring unseen parts of the ocean at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Investor Ray Dalio put the ocean's immensity into perspective.
April 2, 2018 | WeatherNation
It could be said that Earth’s oceans are the final frontier in exploration. More than 80 percent of the world’s oceans remain unexplored and unmapped. Compare that to the moon and Mars, which have both been mapped completely, and we are woefully behind in discovering what lies beneath.
February 26, 2018 | EcoWatch
To Shirley Pomponi the sea sponges lining her office shelves are more than colorful specimens; they're potentially lifesaving creatures, some of which could hold the complex secrets to cures for cancers and other diseases.
February 20, 2018 | Washington Post
A baby dumbo octopus is just like its parent, but tiny — which makes it even more adorable. The creature was seen for the first time in footage taken in 2005 by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ecologist Tim Shank. In the video and the accompanying research paper, published this week in the journal Current Biology, Shank and his colleagues report that within 10 minutes of hatching, the young octopus behaved like a fully grown adult.
February 20, 2018 | Smithsonian.com
Scientists’ understanding of the Dumbo octopus is relatively limited, but a new study in Current Biology sheds some light on the deep sea dwellers, detailing the first observations of dumbo octopus hatchlings. The biggest takeaway? Newly hatched Dumbo octopuses are nearly identical to their adult counterparts, which means their trademark fins are present from the very beginning.
February 20, 2018 | Smithsonian.com
Scientists’ understanding of the Dumbo octopus is relatively limited, but a new study in Current Biology sheds some light on the deep sea dwellers, detailing the first observations of dumbo octopus hatchlings. The biggest takeaway? Newly hatched Dumbo octopuses are nearly identical to their adult counterparts, which means their trademark fins are present from the very beginning.
February 9, 2018 | News Deeply
Research ships are vital for advancing marine science but are costly to operate. Oscar Pizarro, a scientist at the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and the Schmidt Ocean Institute, thinks automated expeditions are the future of ocean science.
January 24, 2018 | Business Insider
A team of Japanese scientists set a record catching the deepest-dwelling fish on camera more than 26,000 feet below the surface. The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), filmed a snailfish in late August in the Marianas Trench — the deepest zone of the Pacific Ocean — at 26,830 feet below the surface.
January 18, 2018 | ENN
A new study from the British Antarctic Survey shows how lanternfish, small bioluminescent fish, are likely to respond to the warming of the Southern Ocean.
January 15, 2018 | Business Insider
There's a spectacular, uncharted alien world right off the Gulf Coast, and a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) expedition sought to uncover its secrets. This past December, a NOAA team, aboard the Okeanos Explorer, conducted the first of three month-long studies of the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico, with the dual aim of exploring the diversity of deep-water habitats and mapping the seafloor.