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Watch live: NOAA’s deep-sea expedition to seamounts and canyons off U.S., Canada

Tune in online August 28 through September 14
UPDATED: August 26, 2019. Starting date for live video was changed to August 28 (weather permitting) from August 27 due to a change in weather conditions.
August 26, 2019

Get ready: We’ve got more “must-see TV” of mysterious creatures and features of the deep sea coming your way.

A view inside the control room on board NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during a remotely operated vehicle dive on the Windows to the Deep 2019: Exploration of the Southeast U.S. Continental Margin expedition.

Starting August 28, join NOAA and our partners virtually on the Deep Connections 2019 expedition to explore unknown deep-water areas off the U.S. and Canadian east coasts. Tune in to live video broadcasts of dives as deep as 2 miles (3,200 meters) below the sea surface and see what the scientists see and when they see it — sometimes for the first time.

Scientists aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to explore the region’s diverse habitats and geological features. This expedition will focus on submarine canyons and seamounts. A wide variety of marine animals call these canyons and seamounts their home, some that likely have never been seen before.

What is this deep-sea expedition about?

Animals in the ocean don’t recognize geopolitical borders. The Deep Connections 2019 expedition connects scientists and managers from the United States and Canada (and some from Europe, too) to work together to further our understanding of the North Atlantic as a whole and of how populations of deep-sea species are related across geographically separated locales.

The details: Mark your calendars

  • What: NOAA's Deep Connections 2019 expedition

  • When: August 28 through September 14, 2019

  • Watch: ROV dives will be streamed live online each day from about 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT (ocean and weather conditions permitting).

More: Access our expedition daily updates, mission logs, images and videos, and educational resources.

Purpose and scope of Deep Connections 2019

Led by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, this expedition will provide critical deep-water data needed to maintain the health of our ocean, sustainably manage our marine resources and build a better appreciation of the value and importance of the ocean in our everyday lives. 

It’s also expected to contribute to the growth of our nation’s Blue Economy, which includes the resources and services the ocean provides that are important to the nation’s overall economy: seafood production, tourism and recreation, marine transportation, coastal resilience and ocean exploration.