About NOAA Ocean Exploration

About NOAA Ocean Exploration

Learn about NOAA Ocean Exploration, a federal organization dedicated to exploring the unknown ocean, unlocking its potential through scientific discovery, technological advancements, and data delivery.

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NOAA Ocean Exploration 2023: Annual Report

NOAA Ocean Exploration 2023: Annual Report

This report is a high-level summary of NOAA Ocean Exploration’s accomplishments for 2023.

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When it first appeared in the Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide, this sponge was unknown to science. It has since been formally described and given the name Advhena magnifica (meaning "magnificent alien")

Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide

A popular and trusted ocean science community resource used (and contributed to) by ocean scientists around the world to help identify animals seen during deep-ocean exploration.

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Deep Ocean Education Project

Deep Ocean Education Project

The Deep Ocean Education Project website is a one-stop shop for ocean exploration education, combining resources from NOAA Ocean Exploration, Ocean Exploration Trust, and Schmidt Ocean Institute.

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Featured Expeditions

Featured Videos

Seascape Alaska 5

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Aleutians Bound

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Ships of Discovery Overview

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The Foundation for Exploration

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