We are having an awesome time talking with teams at the 2019 MATE International ROV Competition in Kingsport TN. Watch live feed of the action in and around the pool on Twitch at https://m.twitch.tv/mateinspires1
The ROV named Discovery aboard China’s research vessel KEXUE (Science) has been exploring the western Pacific Ocean and Mariana Trench. Discovery collected more than 60 samples of coral, sponges, shrimp and two rare sea slugs at a depth of 970m. Sea slugs are hardly seen in deep-water (>200 meters) so this find is very unusual.
Full article at Ecns.cn 29may19
These stunning octopi were seen off the Phillipines:
ROVs have been used to conduct marine research for years now. Some excellent examples include:
- Teledyne Benthos Stingray ROV for Loggerhead turtle monitoring in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022098115001343
- BlueROV2 for reef health monitoring by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS): https://www.aims.gov.au/advanced-observation-technologies/autonomous-underwater-vehicles
- Saab Seaeye Falcon for rockfish surveys by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: https://www.oedigital.com/news/465065-falcon-rov-helps-endangered-rockfish