2017 American Samoa Expedition: Suesuega o le Moana o Amerika Samoa

Mission Summary

From February to April 2017, NOAA and partners conducted two telepresence-enabled ocean exploration cruises on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in American Samoa and Samoa, with an emphasis on Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, and National Park of American Samoa.

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Video Highlights

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Dive 3: Siphonophore

Potentially new species of dandelion siphonophore.

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Dive 11: Sampling on a Seamount

Samples collected can show evolution of life in the ocean.

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Dive 13: Amphipod

This amphipod, a type of crustacean, was seen while exploring off Pago Pago, American Samoa.

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