From April 20 to July 10 2016, the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer will stream live video footage as it explores the deep waters surrounding the Mariana Islands and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. This is part of a collaborative effort between NOAA and partners in collecting critical baseline information from poorly explored waters in the region. The video broadcast is streamed live, with commentary and dialogue from participating scientists and operators, as the Okeanos Explorer ROV traipses along the deep ocean floor. In the last few days, we’ve seen some incredibly stunning marine life being recorded from insane depths of 3-400 m. And yet, despite this unfathomable depth, there are still amazing fish waiting to be discovered.
The screen captures above show some of the reef fish highlights captured during yesterday’s dive. Most outstanding of which has to be the yellow and purple striped Odontanthias, a fish that nobody has ever seen before. The Okeanos Explorer ROV is still operating on a daily basis, and if you’re interested in watching the live stream, you can check it out here. http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/media/exstream/exstream.html
“NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is operating on Fiji time (GMT +12) during the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition. Daily daytime remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives are planned, with ROV deployment at approximately 0830 and ROV recovery at approximately 1630 Fiji time most days.”