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2018

  • Newfoundland company hopes to catch colossal squid on camera 

    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.

  • An inside look at the first solo trip to the deepest point of the Atlantic 

    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.

  • New imaging technology used to rediscover sunken vessels in local waters 

    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.

  • An Incredible New Ecosystem Has Been Discovered at The Bottom of The Ocean 

    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.

  • The UN backed Seabed project aims to create entire ocean map by 2030 to explore deep sea resources 

    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.

  • Titanic: The untold story 

    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.

  • 'Psychedelic' jellyfish dominates the deep-sea dance floor 

    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.

  • The $3 billion map: scientists pool oceans of data to plot Earth's final frontier 

    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.

  • My Deep Sea, My Backyard: Empowering Nations To Study The Deep 

    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.

  • Scientists Wind up Deep-Water Probes in Caribbean Waters 

    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.

  • Norwegian billionaire funds deluxe deep ocean research ship 

    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.

  • Scientists call this a 'psychedelic Medusa' 

    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.

  • Photos: Ghostly Dumbo Octopus Dances In the Deep Sea 

    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.

  • Watch as a ghostly octopus swims through dark waters off the California coast 

    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.

  • OSU-led researchers find Earth's deepest eruption 

    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.

  • Researchers just found a bizarre 'headless chicken monster' swimming deep in the Antarctic Ocean 

    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.

  • Deep sea exploration mission launched from JAXPORT Terminal 

    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.

  • National Geographic To Donate 1,000 Underwater Drones For Ocean Exploration 

    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.

  • Bioinspired camera could help self-driving cars see better 

    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.

  • New UW-authored children’s book offers a robot’s-eye view of the deep ocean 

    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.

  • Ancient Shipwrecks Found in Greek Waters Tell Tale of Trade Routes 

    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.

  • Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Finalists Sail to Southern Greece for $7M 

    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.

  • Earth Matters: Researching the corals of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary 

    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.

  • Is This the Last Chance to See the Titanic

    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.

  • Mapping the Future 

    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.

  • Watch scientists delight over rare footage of a freakishly cute eel 

    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.

  • Huge marine protection area to be created off northern Vancouver Island 

    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.

  • Scientists discover three new sea creatures in depths of the Pacific Ocean 

    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.

  • Bubble hunters: Ocean scientists count 1,000 methane seeps off Pacific Northwest coast 

    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.

  • In Photos: Exploring the Deep-Sea Secrets of the American Deep South 

    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.

  • A Deep Ocean Dive Is Training NASA For Space 

    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.

  • AI Guides Rapid Data-Driven Exploration of Changing Underwater Habitats 

    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.

  • Huge deep-sea coral reef discovered off the South Carolina coast 

    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.

  • NASA is preparing for future space missions by exploring underwater volcanoes off Hawaii 

    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.

  • Scientists Discover Giant Deep-Sea Coral Reef Off Atlantic Coast 

    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.

  • Submarine breakthrough: MIT develops wireless system to let subs communicate with planes 

    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.

  • WWII destroyer remains found off the coast of Alaska 

    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.

  • Searchers find the sunken stern of a doomed World War II destroyer off the coast of Alaska 

    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.

  • Researchers discover mesmerizing underwater world teeming with new life 

    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.

  • Audio Reveals Sizes of Methane Bubbles Rising from the Seafloor 

    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.

  • Shipboard design and fabrication of custom 3D-printed soft robotic manipulators for the investigation of delicate deep-sea organisms 

    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.

  • Science, 'sailbots,' and the deep distant sea 

    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.

  • Don’t Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw. 

    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.

  • 'Horror' Lizardfish and Weird Unidentifiable Creatures Found Chilling off Carolina Coast 

    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.

  • Possible Meteorite Fragments Found in Marine Sanctuary 

    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.

  • NASA is Hunting for Meteorites Deep Under the Sea – You Can Come Along for the Ride 

    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.

  • 'Sonar Anomaly' Isn't a Shipwreck, and It's Definitely Not Aliens, NOAA Says 

    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).

  • Scientists use hydrophone to listen in on methane seeps in ocean 

    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.

  • After filming giant squids, scientists ponder what else lurks deep within the oceans 

    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.

  • Researchers document widespread methane seeps off Oregon coast 

    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.

  • This Contorted Mystery Squid May Be the 'Most Bizarre' Ever Seen 

    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.

  • 12 photos show how humans explored Earth's oceans from the 1600s to now 

    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.

  • Mapping Our Planet, One Ocean at a Time 

    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.

  • Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems May Hold Cancer Cures, But They Face Threats 

    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.

  • Watch the adorable, first-ever video of a newborn dumbo octopus 

    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.

  • First Video of Baby Dumbo Octopus Shows They’re Fully Formed From Birth 

    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.

  • First Video of Baby Dumbo Octopus Shows They’re Fully Formed From Birth 

    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.

  • Solving the Sky-High Costs of Ocean Exploration with A.I. 

    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.

  • Scientists caught the deepest fish in the ocean on camera over 5 miles below the surface — take a look 

    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.

  • Lanternfish reveal how ocean warming impacts the twilight zone 

    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.

  • Scientists spent a month exploring the Gulf of Mexico's deep sea habitats — and the images they brought back are astonishing 

    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.

2017

  • Eight Awe-Inspiring Ocean Discoveries in 2017 

    December 26, 2017  |  Oceans Deeply

    In the past year, scientists exploring the world’s marine biodiversity and geology have found the deepest fish in the sea and drilled into a submerged ancient continent. Read more about some of the fruits of the year in ocean exploration.

  • Even at 36,000 Feet Deep, Ocean Creatures Have Plastic in Their Guts 

    November 16, 2017  |  LiveScience

    A new study finds that crustaceans dwelling at the bottom of the 36,000-foot-deep (10,970 meters) trench have microplastics in their guts. In fact, across six deep-ocean trenches in the Pacific, not one was free of plastic contamination, the researchers reported today (Nov. 15).

  • Prepping for Alien Oceans, NASA Goes Deep 

    September 21, 2017  |  Scientific American

    In late 2012 NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope spotted what appeared to be plumes of water vapor spewing from the frozen surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Another observation last year provided more evidence this was not a fluke. It is likely that below that distant world’s ice is an ocean larger than all of Earth’s combined. This created a frenzy in the astrobiological community—brimming with all that water, could Europa also have the necessary ingredients for life?

  • Robotic Deep Sea Explorer Uncovers Treasure Trove of Freaky Marine Life 

    August 4, 2017  |  Gizmodo

    Last month, scientists aboard the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer visited a poorly-explored deep sea area about 940 miles west of Hawaii. From giant sea spiders and rare snailfish through to comb jellies and glass-like corals, these are some of the weirdest critters we’ve seen in a while.

  • Ocean Exploration and the Quest to Inspire the Public 

    June 21, 2017  |  The Huffington Post

    Both space and ocean exploration can boast world firsts, extreme risks, unknown challenges, and mind-boggling discoveries that captivate our imagination and advance our understanding of our world and, fundamentally, of ourselves. So why does space exploration and research capture our collective attention and imagination more than ocean exploration and research?

  • We Need NASA for Ocean Exploration 

    June 8, 2017  |  Inverse Science

    It’s World Oceans Day, and the oceans need our help more than ever. In 2016, Inverse made the case for giving ocean exploration the same attention we give space exploration.

  • Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Aims to Reveal the Deepest Secrets of the Sea 

    April 14, 2017  |  NBC News

    The ocean covers an astonishing two-thirds of our planet. Yet except for a few strange features — including the Romanche Fracture Zone, a valley along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that’s four times bigger than the Grand Canyon; a 4,000-meter cliff near the Bahamas; and a mid-Atlantic mountain chain that spans 40,000 miles and connects the Southern and Northern hemispheres – we know little about the specific features that lie in the deepest parts of the ocean.

  • The 'Curious' Robots Searching for the Ocean's Secrets 

    February 23, 2017  |  The Atlantic

    A new class of machines knows how to recognize and investigate unexpected things that pop up underwater.

  • Inside the U.S.'s Only Ocean Exploration Ship 

    February 17, 2017  |  Scientific American

    A new class of machines knows how to recognize and investigate unexpected things that pop up underwater.

2016

  • New generation of underwater drones makes waves for citizen scientists 

    November 2, 2016  |  CBS News

    Underwater drones are opening up a whole new frontier of exploration. The lightweight vehicles can zip along coral reefs, explore marine life and even go inside shipwrecks.

  • Exploring vast 'submerged America,' marine scientists discover 500 bubbling methane vents 

    October 19, 2016  |  AAAS EurekaAlert!

    Five hundred vents newly discovered off the US West Coast, each bubbling methane from Earth's belly, top a long list of revelations about "submerged America" being celebrated by leading marine explorers meeting in New York.

  • There's an Enormous Natural Gas Seep Along the West Coast 

    October 19, 2016  |  Gizmodo

    From British Columbia to Northern California, planet Earth’s got a case of the toots. A recent deep ocean mapping survey has learned that a geologically-active strip of seafloor called the Cascadia Subduction Zone is bubbling methane like mad. It could be one of the most active methane seeps on the planet.

  • Images from the deep unveil weird and wild sea critters 

    October 19, 2016  |  Daily Mail

    Some of the pictures taken by remote cameras of never-before-seen areas, especially off the eastern Pacific, show what looks like an imaginary world. There's a delicate jellyfish, an eel with a strange head and a purple disco ball-like critter. And just in time for Halloween, there's a rare purple Vampire Squid, nicknamed for its red eyes and deep color. The images are being shown as part of the National Ocean Exploration Forum this week in New York.

  • A Quest to Map the Seafloor by 2030 

    September 29, 2016  |  Newsweek

    The unknown hit the USS San Francisco like a torpedo. On January 8, 2005, the nuclear submarine was barreling along at 38 miles per hour, 525 feet beneath the surface. Such vessels often travel in virtual blindness, forgoing radar and its telltale pings; the crew relied on seafloor charts to navigate. But the maps were incomplete.

  • Scientists get a look at sunken World War II aircraft carrier after 65 years 

    August 24, 2016  |  CNN

    At its peak in World War II, the USS Independence sank a Japanese battleship during the fight for the Philippines. But after the war, the fearsome US aircraft carrier was heavily damaged during atomic tests at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific. By 1951, it was scuttled about 30 miles from San Francisco. No one had laid eyes on the warship for 65 years – until this week.

  • Incredible images offer first glimpse of sunken WWII-era aircraft carrier 

    August 23, 2016  |  Fox News

    Scientists have released incredible pictures of sunken light aircraft carrier USS Independence that were taken by underwater robots exploring the wreck.

  • Scientists Dive to WWII-Era USS Independence: How to Watch Live 

    August 22, 2016  |  Live Science

    Join researchers on a dive to the wreckage of the USS Independence, a World War II-era aircraft carrier that was deliberately sunk off San Francisco in 1951.

  • Navy Ship Mysteriously Lost in 1921 Found via Science, Sleuthing 

    March 25, 2016  |  Eos

    Scientists painstakingly compared a shipwreck spotted in 2009 to a 1904 schematic of a long-lost tugboat. A naval gun on the wreck proved to be the "smoking gun" identifying the vanished ship.

  • The USS Conestoga: A tangible reminder of who we are as a nation

    March 16, 2016  |  NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries

    As the West Coast Regional Maritime Heritage Coordinator for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), Schwemmer was the co-principal investigator with James Delgado, ONMS Maritime Heritage Coordinator, on the discovery of the USS Conestoga announced earlier this week. This U.S. Navy fleet tug sailed from San Francisco Bay on March 25, 1921 and vanished with 56 men on board.

  • Earth's rarest minerals catalogued 

    February 13, 2016  |  BBC

    Scientists have categorised the Earth's rarest minerals. None of 2,500 species described is known from more than five locations, and for a few of them the total global supply could fit in a thimble.

  • New Deep-Sea Vents and Volcanic Activity Discovered in the Mariana Back-Arc 

    January 29, 2016  |  Schmidt Ocean Institue

    A diverse team of scientists are returning from a 28-day expedition onboard R/V Falkor that has more than doubled the number of known hydrothermal vent sites in the Mariana Back-arc region.

  • Novel Vents Built from Talc Found Far from Mid-Ocean Rift 

    January 5, 2016  |  Eos

    Researchers discovered the first new variety of hydrothermal vents in a decade—a finding that may give clues to how oceanic crust cools.

2015

  • The Ocean Business: The Rise and Rhetoric of the Blue Economy 

    November 2, 2015  |  The Economist

    Deep-sea mining is both totem and taboo for the new ocean economy. It reflects the promise of what is loosely termed the “blue economy” as well as its dangers and pitfalls.

  • Perspectives on Ocean Exploration 

    September 29, 2015  |  Aquarium of the Pacific

    Video documentary by the Aquarium of the Pacific stresses the importance of understanding Earth's ocean through interviews with leading researchers and historical lessons.

  • Do Humans Have a Future in Deep Sea Exploration? 

    September 14, 2015  |  The New York Times

    Entering the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory hangar is akin to stepping onto the set of a Spielberg film. The dull metal shell, perched on the Makai pier along the Windward Coast of Oahu, is nondescript, but the inside bristles with Zodiac boats and a dizzying assortment of hoists and tools, and the walls are festooned with 30 years of snapshots.

  • Centuries-old shipwreck discovered off North Carolina coast 

    July 17, 2015  |  Science Daily

    Researchers have discovered a centuries-old shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina. Artifacts around the wreck, including bricks, bottles and navigation gear, appear to date it to the late 18th or early 19th century. Scientists were on an expedition using sonar scanning technology and the submersible vessel Alvin when they spotted the wreckage.

  • Radioactive Wreck of WWII Aircraft Carrier Discovered Near San Francisco Bay 

    July 10, 2015  |  Western Digs

    After more than 60 years – and some of the most intense action that a military vessel has ever seen – a World War II-era aircraft carrier has recently been re-discovered off the coast of San Francisco, still larded with its final cargo: hundreds of barrels of radioactive waste.

  • Protection voted for deep-sea corals off Atlantic coast 

    June 10, 2015  |  Baltimore Sun

    Cold-water corals growing in deep water off Maryland and the rest of the mid-Atlantic coast would be protected from most harmful fishing activity under a sweeping plan approved Wednesday.

  • U.S. fisheries council protects mid-Atlantic deep ocean coral 

    June 10, 2015  |  Reuters

    More than 35,000 square miles (90,650 sq km) of ocean habitat along the U.S. Atlantic coast gained protection on Wednesday from trawl and dredge fishing that could harm deep-sea ocean corals, according to an environmental group supporting the restrictions.

  • Mountains in Atlantic Mapped by Celtic Explorer's Multi-National Team 

    June 10, 2015  |  Afloat Magazine

    A multi-national team of ocean exploration experts from Europe, USA and Canada led by Thomas Furey, Marine Institute, has revealed previously uncharted features on the Atlantic seabed including mountains and ridges taller than Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest mountain.

  • Team led by Marine Institute mapping Atlantic sea bed 

    June 9, 2015  |  RTE News

    A multi-national team of ocean exploration experts aim to use the marine research resources of Europe, Canada and the US to better understand the North Atlantic Ocean and promote sustainable management of its resources, particularly in the face of climate change.

  • Making organic molecules in hydrothermal vents in the absence of life 

    June 8, 2015  |  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    In 2009, scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution embarked on a NASA-funded mission to the Mid-Cayman Rise in the Caribbean, in search of a type of deep-sea hot-spring or hydrothermal vent that they believed held clues to the search for life on other planets.

  • Deep Sea Discoveries 

    June 5, 2015  |  Wake Up with Al

    Andera Quattrini shares some of the newest deep-sea discoveries with Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams.

  • See the strange creatures NOAA found at the bottom of the sea 

    May 15, 2015  |  PBS News Hour

    Each year, the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer maps an area of the seafloor the size of West Virginia. When compared to the total Atlantic Ocean, which spans 41 million square miles, West Virginia’s not so large. But the discoveries the team is making are vast: Small creatures in hydrothermal vents. Asphalt volcanoes. Ancient landslides. New species of squid.

  • Microsoft co-founder says he's discovered long-lost Japanese battleship 

    March 5, 2015  |  CNN

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the wreck of a long-lost World War II Japanese battleship near the Philippines.

  • ‘Huge’ WWII Japanese battleship Musashi has been found, billionaire Paul Allen says 

    March 4, 2015  |  Washington Post

    The construction of a vessel that would come to represent the might of Japan’s navy was so secretive, according to historical accounts, that workers hid it underneath a camouflage of rope. There was good reason to try to keep construction secret. It would become a fearsome creature of war: Said to be at that time “the largest battleship in naval history,” it extended nearly 900 feet in length, weighed 73,000 tons and was equipped with a massive arsenal of guns.

  • Fisheries council looks at deep-sea restrictions 

    February 10, 2015  |  Philadelphia Inquirer

    Off the Jersey Shore, where the continental shelf plummets into the deep sea, scientists have been exploring vast canyons, discovering far below the surface a trove of deep-sea corals as colorful and exciting as their warm-water cousins.

  • Atlantic Corals: Colorful and Vulnerable 

    February 9, 2015  |  The New York Times

    A council that sets regulations for fishing off the mid-Atlantic coast will meet on Wednesday to consider protections for little known and fragile ecosystems of deep sea corals in and around 15 ocean sites.

  • Norfolk Canyon yields deep-sea coral surprises 

    February 1, 2015  |  Daily Press

    About 80 miles off the Virginia coast, the Continental Shelf drops off from a depth of 600 feet to sink thousands of feet more toward the black bottom of the deep ocean.

  • A Moment of Truth Arrives for U.S. Ocean Science 

    January 30, 2015  |  Science Magazine

    For years, U.S. marine scientists have fretted about the future of their field, watching as federal funding stagnated and the cost of seafloor observatories and other infrastructure steadily eroded the money available for research. But there's been little agreement on how to respond.

  • Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences: Report Available 

    January 30, 2015  |  National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council

    With input from the ocean sciences community, the National Research Council report Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences identifies eight strategic research priorities for the next decade that will continue to advance scientific understanding of the ocean.

2014

  • Who Eats Whom under the Arctic Sea Ice 

    December 17, 2014  |  Scientific American

    The Nereid Under Ice vehicle, built and operated by a consortium led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, completed four dives during its first Arctic mission in July.

  • Methane Is Discovered Seeping From Seafloor Off East Coast, Scientists Say 

    August 24, 2014  |  The New York Times

    Scientists have discovered methane gas bubbling from the seafloor in an unexpected place: off the East Coast of the United States where the continental shelf meets the deeper Atlantic Ocean.

  • Coral Damage Goes Deeper in Gulf of Mexico's Oil Spill Zone 

    July 29, 2014  |  NBC News

    A sweeping survey of coral communities surrounding the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico shows that the catastrophe had a wider effect than scientists thought four years ago.

  • Expedition uncovering Nazi U-boat in Gulf shows WWII played out close to home 

    July 18, 2014  |  Fox News

    A team spearheaded by the deep-sea explorer who found the Titanic has been searching a little-known ship graveyard located in the Gulf of Mexico that includes the only known Nazi U-boat to have sunk in the Gulf of Mexico during WWII and a few of its targets.

  • Fifty Years of Deep Ocean Exploration With the DSV Alvin 

    June 3, 2014  |  Eos

    This week the Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin, the world’s first deep- diving submarine and the only one dedicated to scientific research in the United States, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

  • The Weird, Wild World of Citizen Science Is Already Here 

    May 22, 2014  |  Wired Magazine

    Up and down the west coast of North America, countless numbers of starfish are dying. The affliction, known as Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, is already being called the biggest die-off of sea stars in recorded history, and we’re still in the dark as to what’s causing it or what it means. It remains an unsolved scientific mystery. The situation is also shaping up as a case study of an unsung scientific opportunity: the rise of citizen science and exploration.

  • John Steinbeck's 1966 Plea To Create A NASA For The Oceans 

    May 21, 2014  |  Popular Science

    In the September 1966 issue of Popular Science, author John Steinbeck made the case for giving deep-sea exploration the same attention as the space race.

  • Robotic Deep-sea Vehicle Lost on Dive to 6-Mile Depth 

    May 10, 2014  |  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Friday EDT), the hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus was confirmed lost at 9,990 meters (6.2 miles) depth in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand.

  • Peter Rona, Renowned Explorer of the Deep Ocean, Dies at 79 

    February 24, 2014  |  Rutgers

    Peter Rona, renowned for his deep-sea exploration, died on Feb. 19 of complications of multiple myeloma. He was 79 years old.

  • Starting from St. Pete, Explorer's Nautilus Will Map Pacific 

    February 8, 2014  |  The St. Petersburg Tribune

    St. Petersburg will be home to the state-of-the art vessel for the next three months while the ship goes through a $1.5 million overhaul of its complex data and communications systems. If all goes to plan, the ship and its 47-man crew will depart the city for the Pacific Ocean in April or May to begin sea-floor mapping of submerged United States territories.

2013

  • Finding Japan's Aircraft-Carrier Sub 

    December 2, 2013  |  The New York Times

    What the crew of the submersible Pisces V found on the sea floor off Hawaii in August was a huge Japanese submarine that the United States sent to the bottom of the ocean in 1946, lest it become a Cold War trophy for the Soviet Union.

  • Japanese Super Submarine From World War II Finally Discovered 

    December 2, 2013  |  The Huffington Post

    Researchers at the University of Hawaii and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered a missing World War II-era Japanese mega-submarine under more than 2,300 feet of water off the southwest coast of Oahu.

  • Giant World War II Aircraft-carrying Submarine Discovered Off Oahu Coast 

    December 2, 2013  |  The University of Hawaii

    A World War II-era Imperial Japanese Navy mega-submarine, the I-400, lost since 1946 when it was intentionally scuttled by U.S. forces after its capture, has been discovered in more than 2,300 feet of water off the southwest coast of O‘ahu. The discovery resolves a decades-old Cold War mystery of just where the lost submarine lay, and recalls a different era as one war ended and a new, undeclared conflict emerged.

  • Makers: the New Explorers of the Universe 

    November 2, 2013  |  Make Magazine

    “[In] the last century, discovery was basically finding things. And in this century, discovery is basically making things.” So explained Stewart Brand at the TED conference this past February. He was referring to the National Geographic Society’s rationale for hosting the first-ever meeting on de-extinction — a gathering of scientists and engineers who are using biotechnology to bring back extinct species.

  • NOAA partners with children’s show to spread ocean awareness 

    October 28, 2013  |  Salon

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking to improve its image – by associating itself with cute cartoon characters. The federal agency announced that it's partnering with the producer of "Octonauts," an animated preschool series that airs weekday mornings on Disney Channel.

  • Octonauts Series Adds Federal Partner in Ocean Awareness 

    October 28, 2013  |  The New York Times

    Octonauts, the animated preschool series about a crew of eight undersea adventurers whose motto is 'explore, rescue and protect,' is getting a seal of approval of sorts from a unit of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Scientists Release First Plan for National Ocean Exploration Program 

    September 25, 2013  |  U.S. News and World Report

    More than three-quarters of what lies beneath the surface of the ocean is unknown, even to trained scientists and researchers. Taking steps toward discovering what resources and information the seas hold, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Aquarium of the Pacific released on Wednesday a report that details plans to create the nation's first ocean exploration program by the year 2020.

  • NOAA and Aquarium of the Pacific to Release 1st U.S. National Ocean Exploration Program Report 

    September 25, 2013  |  Wall Street Journal: Market Watch

    NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific have released their co-authored report today detailing plans for the nation's first ocean exploration program.

  • Accelerating Ocean Exploration 

    August 30, 2013  |  Science Magazine

    Last month, a distinguished group of ocean researchers and explorers convened in Long Beach, California, at the Aquarium of the Pacific to assess progress and future prospects in ocean exploration.

  • Live Out Your Jacques Cousteau Fantasy with the NOAA's Livestream 

    August 12, 2013  |  The Atlantic Wire

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is running a livestream, complete with delightful commentary, of their exploration of the deep sea. As the NOAA puts it, they want to "allow the world public to ‘join’ the team in making real-time discoveries from hundreds to thousands of meters below the ocean surface."

  • NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer gives viewers a deep sea TV experience 

    August 11, 2013  |  Fox 4 News

    Who needs Honey-Boo-Boo or the next housewives reality TV show when you’ve got an ocean full of real drama?

  • 12 Reasons Pyrosomes Are My New Favorite Terrifying Sea Creatures 

    August 8, 2013  |  The Atlantic

    Pyrosomes are actually colonies composed of hundreds and sometimes thousands of individuals known (reason 1.5 to love pyrosomes) as zooids. The individuals work in unison to propel the colony through the water.

  • What Should We Do With the Blue? 

    July 21, 2013  |  National Geographic

    44 years ago today, human beings set foot on the moon. It was the result of nearly a decade of intense research, development, and experimentation, and as John F. Kennedy had forseen, it was not easy– it was hard. But it was done.

  • Primeval Underwater Forest Discovered in Gulf of Mexico 

    July 10, 2013  |  LiveScience

    Scuba divers have discovered a primeval underwater forest off the coast of Alabama. The Bald Cypress forest was buried under ocean sediments, protected in an oxygen-free environment for more than 50,000 years.

  • Rockets Top Submarines: Space Exploration Dollars Dwarf Ocean Spending 

    June 20, 2013  |  Center for American Progress

    “Star Trek” would have us believe that space is the final frontier, but with apologies to the armies of Trekkies, their oracle might be a tad off base. Though we know little about outer space, we still have plenty of frontiers to explore here on our home planet. And they’re losing the race of discovery.

  • Ocean Science and Exploration Are Capitol Hill Focus for Explorer and Filmmaker James Cameron and WHOI President and Director Susan Avery 

    June 11, 2013  |  PR Newswire

    Explorer and director James Cameron will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 11, with Dr. Susan Avery, president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for a series of public events and a Senate hearing.

  • James Cameron: 'Deep sea exploration could help predict tsunamis' 

    June 6, 2013  |  CNN Tech

    More than 15 years after director James Cameron made his Oscar-winning film, it was his turn to scour the deep sea in a high-tech pod. But unlike his "Titanic" fictional character Lockett, Cameron wasn't in search of a sunken diamond – instead he was gathering scientific data which could revolutionize our understanding of both deep sea creatures and earthquakes.

  • Aquarium Of The Pacific’s New Exhibit Gives Visitors A Look At Life At The Depths Of The Ocean 

    May 28, 2013  |  Everything Long Beach

    Starting this summer, visitors to the Aquarium of the Pacific will be transported into the dark depths of the ocean, where they will encounter unusual animals that live beyond the reach of light.