A bumper crop of stunning new species captured on the NOAA Okeanos Explorer expedition

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An incredible, never been seen before undescribed species of Odontanthias. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

An incredible, never been seen before undescribed species of Odontanthias. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

 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.  
A stunning yellow Antigonia! Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

A stunning yellow Antigonia! Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

 
An incredible new callionymid, possibly in the genus Foetorepus. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

An incredible new callionymid, possibly in the genus Foetorepus. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

 
Plectranthias elongates (?), filmed at 300m. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

Plectranthias elongatus (?), filmed at 300m. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

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A new species of Plectranthias, filmed at 350m. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

A new species of Plectranthias, filmed at 350m. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

 
Quite possibly the first ever live footage of the elusive Plectranthias fuscolineata, filmed at 350m. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

Quite possibly the first ever live footage of the elusive Parapercis fuscolineata, filmed at 350m. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

 
A new species of Odontanthias sporting incredible stripes, filmed at 350m. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

A new species of Odontanthias sporting incredible stripes, filmed at 350m. Screen capture from the NOAA Okeanos Explorer live broadcast.

 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.”  

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Lemon is a reef fish fanatic with an academic diploma in biotechnology. Like many, he started toying around with the fresh water hobby but quickly grew into a proficient hobbyist in the marine scene. His passion for the natural world sees him travelling to far flung, exotic places, where his secondary love for photography comes in handy. At 23, Lemon is one of the youngest and most prolific fish writers, and is well known for his obsession with the wrasse genus Cirrhilabrus.

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