ROV pilot Chris Ritter practices controlling the new manipulator arm.

ROV pilot Chris Ritter practices controlling the new manipulator arm. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs. Download larger version (jpg, 1.6 MB).

Dive 8: Engineering Dive
April 25, 2015
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Dive 8: Engineering Dive

Highlights from Dive 8, which was an engineering dive to allow the ROV team to practice using the Deep Discoverer's new manipulator arms. Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs. Download (mp4, 28.7 MB)

Okeanos Explorer departed port today at 0900 and conducted an engineering dive just north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. ROV Deep Discoverer landed on a sedimented seafloor with a gentle slope. We stayed stationary for most of the dive while the ROV team practiced using the manipulator arms, but we did observe a few sea cucumbers, fish, and shrimp. During the dive, we deployed a GoPro and captured one of the world's deepest selfies!