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Okeanos Explorer sets sail to the deep waters off the U.S. southeast coast

Watch this major exploration mission live online
June 11, 2018 Though the southeast coast is among our nation's most populous, fastest growing areas, its deep waters are little known, with major gaps in ocean maps and our understanding of marine life. That’s about to change.
The Okeanos Explorer beats its way into heavy seas.

Join the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer mission team as they journey into unknown deepwater areas and broadcast live video from the ocean floor to the surface from June 12 to July 1. Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives will reveal a first look at unexplored deep-sea corals and sponges, unusual fish, octopuses and other cephalopods, and historical shipwrecks.

The remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer (D2) will be used to image unexplored areas of the Blake Plateau, Blake Ridge, Blake Escarpment, submarine canyons offshore of North Carolina
The remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer (D2) will be used to image unexplored areas of the Blake Plateau, Blake Ridge, Blake Escarpment, submarine canyons offshore of North Carolina (NOAA)

The live video feed is available to anyone online, giving the public a front row seat as the new mission, Windows to the Deep 2018: Exploration of the U.S. Southeast Continental Margin, unfolds. On June 14, the public is also invited to connect directly with the mission team through our Reddit Science “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) and ask us anything about the current expedition and our findings. Join the scientists and crew for must-see deep sea TV!