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NOAA’s Hawaiian Expedition Results in Fantastic Images

Leg 2 of the Okeanos Explorer expedition 2015 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi ended on 25 August 2015. 14 amazing images and short videos of some of the bizarre, beautiful, and amazing creatures they came across over the course of three weeks in unexplored areas in the remote deep Pacific in August can be viewed here.

During this part of the expedition, the team focused on investigating deep-water areas in and around Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. They conducted 18 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives for a total of 95 hours of bottom time, some as deep as 4,829 meters – which is almost 16,000 feet, or 3 miles down! The team was excited by the high-density, diverse deep-sea coral and sponge communities they came across, which included many species they believe have never been seen before.

Leg 3 is underway, and Leg 4 will be taking place Sept. 7-30 – each will include live feeds.


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