Video: Live Feed of Rovers Exploring the Ocean Floor

By Carl Engelking | April 14, 2014 1:18 pm

The bottom of the ocean is a largely unknown habitat — but now you can explore it from the comfort of your desk chair. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is live-streaming its three-week investigation of the Gulf of Mexico basin.

The ship Okeanos Explorer set out last Thursday to examine the location and contents of deep-sea habitats in the gulf. The team of scientists will conduct multiple dives using sea rovers, each capable of diving up to 6,000 meters, between now and the end of the month. This is the third leg of a three-part mission that started in February, and the data collected will provide a deeper level of knowledge about deep-ocean habitats than ever before.

Seeing the Ocean Floor

This site had a fantastic “amphitheater of chemosynthetic life.” Here we saw bathymodiolus mussels, methane hydrate or ice, and ice worms. There were also a number of sea urchins, sea stars, and fish in this area. Most impressive about this ledge was large accumulation of hydrates under the ledge as well as the large collection of mussels hanging upside down and a group of mussels that hung down off the ledge.  Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

This site had a fantastic “amphitheater of chemosynthetic life,” researchers said. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

But the researchers aren’t keeping this adventurous journey to themselves. Courtesy of the NOAA live stream from the rover Deep Discoverer, you can get the rover’s view as it films strange creatures, coral beds, shipwrecks, and maybe even a few mud volcanoes thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface. The research team provides live commentary of what they’re seeing.

Another feed shows real-time footage overlaid with data that scientists are looking at to guide the mission. A third stream shows the view from the  Seirios camera sled.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the view from Earth’s last unexplored frontier.

In addition to the top video, here are some alternate views:

The View from Seirios 

Footage With Real-Time Data

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  • captric

    Why aren’t they searching for the Missing flight in the Indian Ocean?

    • Niki Thomas

      Because they are scientists who worked hard to get funding for these dives that can teach us about the most unexplored part of our planet. Their research about ocean geology, topography, and biology can actually help make ocean searches less challenging in the future.

    • HoseyG

      the thing with the Indian Ocean is it’s quite big. And deep.

      • Tawan Burgess

        Plus the us goverment knows where it is, do you knw how good our satellites are we can see a golf ball.

        • captric

          The government knows where it is????? WHICH government – because besides being manufactured at Boeing – this aircraft had NOTHING to do with the US.

          • Tawan Burgess

            Yes the US does ! Nations dont show there full capability, yes besides the four Americans on the plane, US has nothing to do with.

          • captric

            So WHY would the US – even if they had the capability – be watching EVERY AIRLINER from EVERY COUNTRY in the world as it takes off – gins along without incident and lands safely? Dont you think the US has other more important things to be watching? You are using WAY too much imagination here and giving the US way too much credit for competence. And IF they KNEW where the airplane crashed why would they not just tell someone where to look WITHOUT telling anyone how they know????? But no – according to your wacko conspiracy theory they know but are not saying and spending MILLIONS of dollars with nave ships and submarines looking for a downed aircraft in the Indian Ocean where these assets could be better used somewhere else.


      Because we have bigger problems than one lost plane.

    • God simulation

      Let’s haters continue hate.
      Scientist have more important things to do than solve stupid political problems.

  • Jennifer Rowland

    What has this to do with the flight? This is the other side of the world and unfortunately life must go on. Looking at the oceans: the basis of where life came from and arguably one of our more delicate environments and definitely our most alien. And surely you fine this extremely fascinating: being able to watch scientists from multiple disciplines working together to learn more about the world, rather than watching a dumbed down version on a documentary? This is Real-Time Science, real time discoveries about our world, and a part of our world we know so Little about.

  • Theodocia Konersman

    If our satellites can spot pyramids from space they should be able to find a plane.

    • Trent

      pyramids aren’t covered with deep blackout conditions, or are underwater..


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