Seaing Is Believing
Bubblegum coral, colonies of Primnoa, an anemone and a sea star inhabit a boulder within a canyon. (Courtesy NOAA)
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
-- Jacque Yves Cousteau
In the tradition of Cousteau and Calypso, NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer explores the wide, wild undersea world. And it’s sharing the wonders of the deep with drylanders via what they are calling “Deep-Sea TV.”
Less than 5 percent of the ocean has been explored, and the only U.S. ship dedicated to exploration is setting its sights to increase that number. Like Cousteau, it will be a learning experience, this time for anyone with an internet connection.
Images and high-def video from underwater vehicles are relayed real-time, a technology called “telepresence.” The NOAA team recently completed summer excursions along the Northeast U.S. Canyons and Mytilus Seamount. It was the first time NOAA used its Deep Discoverer, its new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that can dive to 6,000 meters.
The ROV has streamed live video available to anyone with a connection, and it has captured some amazing photos, bringing to mind Cousteau’s line when his team explored a reef system.
“We are no more explorers, but children in a store filled with surprises.”
Seeing such wonders of the ocean floor does elicit childlike wonderment.
Click the image to see the NOAA surprises, and for more information, visit Okeanos Explorer.