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.
In mid-May, researchers aboard the NOAA vessel Okeanos Explorer “accidentally” discovered a 19th century wooden shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico during a training and equipment test trip. Awesome accident!
Dominos Pizza announced this delivery service concept back in 2016 and it is very interesting to see how it has progressed. Trials have been conducted in northern Canberra for over a year now and final approval was recently issued for this world-first drone delivery service. Cool robotics!
New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is pioneering the use of ROVs for surveillance in high-risk locations (where there are high volumes of international vessel arrivals) for marine pest incursions. The ROVs are particularly useful where there is a risk of large predators, like leopard seals, sea lions and sharks, presenting dangers to divers.