2016 Okeanos Explorer Field Season – Hohonu Moana

Starting February 24, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will be leaving port in Hawaii to start their field season exploring waters of the Hawaiian Islands. The NOAA team will start their expedition in Pearl Harbor and will end the cruise leg at Kwajalein Atoll.

Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, created from a synthesis of existing multibeam mapping data by Dr. John R. Smith of the University of Hawaii
Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. Created from a synthesis of existing multibeam mapping data by Dr. John R. Smith of the University of Hawaii.

The Okeanos will use their Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), Deep Discoverer, or D2. ROV D2 will be diving between 250 – 6,000 meters. The scientists on board use D2 to search the depths of the Hawaiian Islands to look for deep-sea corals, geological samples, sunken ships, as well as marine habitats and monuments.

Be sure to tune in everyday, weather permitting, between 1 pm to 10pm EST to watch with us!

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