The Scintillating Sea Life of Pao Pao Seamount

The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer had an amazing dive March 9, 2017 on Pao Pao Seamount, an underwater mountain in the Tokelau Seamount Chain in the South Pacific.

Pau Pau Seamount is an underwater mountain belonging to the Tokelau Seamount Chain in the South Pacific.

Beginning on the northern ridge of the seamount at a depth of 564 meters, Okeanos Explorer‘s remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) traveled 265 meters up to the seamount’s summit. Along the way the ROVs imaged some spectacular sea-life, including  some six-gill sharks, a stingray, and an octopus:

Throughout the month of March, the Okeanos Explorer team will be live-streaming their daily explorations of remote Pacific marine protected areas (MPAs) using telepresence technologies. To see some cool ocean biology in real time, check out the Okeanos Explorer website or YouTube channel between 1 pm and 10 pm! And, as always, stay tuned for more updates from the Inner Space Center!

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