Deepwater Wonders of Wake: Exploring the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

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.

  • Expedition Summary

    September 19, 2016  |  By Brian Kennedy

    Infographic summarizing accomplishments from the 2016 Deepwater Wonders of Wake expedition.

    The 24-day Deepwater Wonders of Wake: Exploring the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument expedition addressed science themes, priority areas, and exploration targets put forward by scientists and managers across the broad ocean science community.

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  • NOAA Discovers and Explores Japanese Cargo Ship, Amakasu Maru

    August 14, 2016  |  By Frank Cantelas & Katie Wagner

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    On August 11, the Okeanos Explorer team set out on a dive to search for the Japanese Destroyer, Hayate, which sank during the Battle of Wake Island reportedly in the area investigated during this dive. Instead, they discovered and explored a Japanese cargo ship, Amakasu Maru No.1.

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  • "Geology Matters!" Says the Biologist

    August 13, 2016  |  By Diva Amon

    A Caulophacus sponge anchored to the seafloor.

    Disclaimer: I am not a geologist. I don’t even like rocks. But I recognize that they’re pretty darn important and, in fact, without them, there wouldn’t be a whole lot of biology down in the deep sea.

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  • Mapping on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

    August 12, 2016  |  By Lindsay McKenna Gray, Dan Freitas, & Charlie Wilkins

    Mapping Team Lead, Lindsay McKenna Gray, and Senior Survey Tech, Charlie Wilkins, working in the control room.

    When remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations are completed for the day, the ship’s exploration priority switches to collecting seafloor bathymetry and water-column data. Right around dinner time, the lead scientists and video team vacate the back row of the control room, and the mapping team steps in to begin an evening of work.

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  • To Sail or Not to Sail—That is the Question!

    August 11, 2016  |  By Deb Glickson

    Deb working with interns at the Harbor Branch Exploration Command Center.

    Even though life on the ship was busy, it was easy to leave work behind and immerse myself in ocean exploration 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So, how does it compare to being a shore-based scientist?

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  • A Different Breed: The Crew of the Okeanos Explorer

    August 10, 2016  |  By Emily Narrow

    Video engineer Roland Brian works to troubleshoot some of the ship’s video equipment.

    This past May, I got a call at 8AM on a Monday morning. I usually don’t receive calls that early in the day, and so I almost didn’t pick up. But, boy, am I glad that I did. It was David Lovalvo, the founder and president of the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration. He was offering me a job onboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

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  • Life in the Deep-Sea Coral Forest

    August 9, 2016  |  By Scott C. France

    A sea spider (Pycnogonida) clambering over a bamboo coral (Keratoisidinae) on “Lafayette Guyot.” The presence of the sea spider has caused the octocoral polyps to contract their tentacles over their mouths.

    I have previously written a mission log wherein I compared the colony morphology of octocorals to trees. In this log, I’d like to illustrate another way that octocorals are similar to trees, in this case a structural similarity.

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  • Mother Nature and ROV Diving

    August 7, 2016  |  By LTJG Nick Pawlenko

    ROV Engineer Chris Ritter manages the tether during recovery of Deep Discoverer.

    While the ship’s crew, scientists, and engineers can prepare for months for a given expedition, not much can be done to prepare for poor weather conditions. Expedition coordinators and bridge officers can adjust schedules and plan dives around weather days, but often weather can be unpredictable.

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  • Telepresence: Sending Imagery from the Seafloor to Your Screen

    August 2, 2016  |  By Brian RC Kennedy

    This diagram illustrates the flow of information from the seafloor and ultimately to viewers around the world.

    In order to get the images recorded on the seafloor to your screen, those images have been encoded transformed, re-encoded, retransmitted, and decoded numerous times during their 50-something thousand-mile journey from the seafloor to your eyes.

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  • Lending a Traditional Voice to Modern Ocean Exploration

    July 30, 2016  |  By Debi Blaney

    Traditional navigation on display: Traditional canoes sailing from Satawal to Saipan to attend the Festival of Pacific Arts in May and June 2016.

    Somewhere on a remote Pacific Island, a woman holds up her iPad to show a video of a newly discovered jellyfish to her village elders. While they come from an ancient culture of traditional seafaring and navigation, the beauty of the images and the wonder of discovery enthrall them.

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  • Hello from the Western Pacific!

    July 28, 2016  |  By LTJG Aaron Colohan

    A view of Spanish Steps as the ship departs Guam.

    I am honored to serve in the NOAA Corps and aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. I serve as the Operations Officer (OPS) here aboard ship and would like to give a brief description about my duties and my typical day at sea.

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