Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs

Mission Logs

Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

  • The Journey of NG301

    April 30, 2015  |  By Chris Taylor

    April 30: The Journey of NG301

    NOAA and the U.S. Navy Oceanographic Office began a partnership in 2014 to deploy ocean gliders in the Caribbean to study and record ocean conditions, ocean currents and biological sounds made by marine mammals and many species of reef fish.

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  • Off the Cutting Room Floor

    April 29, 2015  |  By Kasey Cantwell

    April 29: Off the Cutting Room Floor

    We see so many amazing things every day on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer that it is often difficult to pick which one image to use to summarize the day in the daily updates or what three or four images to use for mission logs.

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  • The Gelata of Océano Profundo 2015

    April 28, 2015  |  By Mike Ford

    April 28: The Gelata of Océano Profundo 2015

    During Océano Profundo, we saw a number of exciting gelatinous organisms. I’ve listed some of the most exciting ones here.

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  • Studying Geology Underwater: Landslides, Tsunamis, and Earthquakes.

    April 27, 2015  |  By Mike Cheadle

    Studying Geology Underwater: Landslides, Tsunamis, and Earthquakes.

    Diving on steep slopes means that commonly we see evidence of slope instability in the form of landslides and/or the bare rock faces, called headwall scarps, left behind after the landslide has occurred. We found spectacular examples of both these features during our dives.

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  • Who are the Gadiformes and Why Should We Study Them?

    April 25, 2015  |  By Adela Roa-Varón

    Who are the Gadiformes and Why Should We Study Them?

    Fishes of the order Gadiformes (e.g., cods, hakes, rattails and their allies) inhabit cool waters in every ocean of the world and are the targets of some of the most important commercial fisheries.

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  • Vigilancia Profundo: El Equipo de los Vehículos Submarinos

    April 23, 2015  |  By Todd Gregory

    Vigilancia Profundo: El Equipo de los Vehículos Submarinos

    Saludos desde el barco Okeanos Explorer, que en este momento está explorando los aguas abisales alrededor de Puerto Rico. Yo soy uno de los diseñadores y ingenieros de los vehículos submarinos que estan instalados en este barco.

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  • Okeanos Explorer Data Management Download

    April 19, 2015  |  By Dan Bolan

    Okeanos Explorer Data Management Download

    An expedition can generate about a dozen terabytes of information. And all of this data has to go through our system on the ship, formatting and organizing everything so that it can be used easily by scientists on shore, as they work with the shipboard scientists to plan and direct ROV dives.

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  • Ecology and Geology of the Mona Passage Region – The View from D2 and Seirios

    April 16, 2015  |  By Jason Chaytor, Amanda Demopoulos, Uri Ten Brink, Andrea Quattrini

    Ecology and Geology of the Mona Passage Region – The View from D2 and Seirios

    The Mona Passage region encompasses the area between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, from the Puerto Rico Trench to the Muertos Trough. It includes Mona Canyon, Mona Seamount/Block, and the Mona Passage.

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  • Océano Profundo - Exploración Marina Alrededor de Puerto Rico e Islas Vírgenes Desde el Barco Okeanos Explorer de NOAA

    April 15, 2015  |  By Graciela Garcia-Moliner

    Océano Profundo - Exploración Marina Alrededor de Puerto Rico e Islas Vírgenes Desde el Barco <em>Okeanos Explorer</em>  de NOAA

    El trabajo que se llevó a cabo en el Pasaje de la Mona al oeste de Puerto Rico fue todo un éxito; también lo han sido las exploraciones a mayor profundidad.

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  • A Day in the Life of a Watch Standing Bridge Officer

    April 15, 2015  |  By LT Laura Gallant

    A Day in the Life of a Watch Standing Bridge Officer

    Read how the duties of a bridge officer span out across a typical day at sea.

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  • Animals of the Deep Sea

    April 13, 2013  |  By Kasey Cantwell

    Animals of the Deep Sea

    So far we have seen some pretty fantastic animals during Océano Profundo 2013. The deep ocean is full of weirdly fantastic fauna – organisms that often seem strange and foreign to us.

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  • Cruise Planning 101

    April 10, 2013  |  By Brian Kennedy

    Cruise Planning 101

    The first ideas for the Océano Profundo 2015 expedition trace their roots back to 2011, when the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, in partnership with the Institute for Exploration, hosted a workshop on Systematic Telepresence-Enabled Exploration in the Atlantic Basin.

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