NOAA’s Ocean Explorer: Revealing The Secrets Of The Sea Floor

Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted a two-week exploration of the bottom of the Northeast US seas, complete with cameras, commentary from its team of passionate, adorably geeky pilots and coordinators, call-ins from scientists around the country, and of course, plenty of creatures rarely seen outside of restaurants or Chinatown sidewalks. The Okeanos Ocean Explorer was mesmerizing. Here are some screenshots I was able to capture.

1. Into the Abyss it goes

2. Abyss: Reached

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This is what the ROV looks like from above.

3. You could view the cameras side-by-side…

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4. …or pretend you’re a scientist analyzing the charts and maps

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5. All fish look like they’re on drugs

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6. Especially these guys

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10. Flounding Flounder

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11. Can you spot the spider?

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It’s there, hiding, waiting for the perfect moment to invade your dreams and give you night terrors.

12. This Noble Fellow…

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13. …Reminded me of this guy

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“I am not a shrimp, I am a King Prawn!”

14. Easy to see where the Legend of Davy Jones comes from

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16. Er, I Mean This Guy

17. Enhance.

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18. Enhance.

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19. Enhance.

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20. The Squid and the Crab

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21. Crab.

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22. Crab.

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23. Crabs.

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24. Jellyfish.

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25. A Rock that Wishes to Eat You and Everyone You Love

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26. Eel thing.

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27. Zero Hot Mermaids or Singing Lobsters Discovered, Alas

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But that doesn’t mean you won’t be humming this for the rest of the week.

[Disregarding the fact that under the sea is bedrock and molten lava; this all took place in the sea.]

28. Guys, the ocean is crazy and awesome and scary and amazing and so much of it has yet to be explored or understood. MORE tax dollars for the NOAA please, Mr. Government!


Furloughs in the forecast for NOAA workers, just in time for hurricane season

 

29. And a Bonus Pepe, Just Because

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