Date: July 12, 2019
Location: Lat: 36.853236°, Lon: -76.298323°
With our 100th ocean exploration mission – Leg 2 of the Windows to the Deep 2019 expedition – completed, this morning the ship arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, to prepare for the next expedition. Windows to the Deep 2019 was a very successful expedition, with 19 dives completed and over 120 scientists, students, and managers participating from shore through telepresence. We found extensive coral habitat, mapped large portions of the Blake Plateau, observed for the first time two new seep sites, and documented one of the most exciting predation events ever recorded on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer (according to our team onboard). This was also a very exciting expedition because for the first time on board, we had over 25 percent of women as part of the crew, officers, and mission personnel, many in high-level leadership positions, including our new Commanding Officer, Nicole Manning, who took command of the ship on June 16, 2019, prior to this expedition.
Our next expedition will focus on testing and integrating several new technologies and will start July 18 and end in Narragansett, Rhode Island, on August 1. The ship will be back again with more exciting remotely operated vehicle dives at the end of August. For a full overview of 2019 activities, visit here.