The Schmidt Ocean Institute has started a month-long exploration of the Coral Reef Marine Park in northern Queensland and is broadcasting live to YouTube and Facebook. Check out their daily live-streams for amazing deep-sea creatures and geological structures!
The expedition is maintaining social distancing regulations by connecting the scientists from their individual locations on-shore to the vessel’s crew operating the ROV SUBastian aboard the RV Falcor. Technology is so amazing!
Very exciting news for underwater explorers! Late 2019, NOAA was directed to map the entire US’s Exclusive Economic Zone by 2030. The EEZ covers more than 20,900 km (13,000 miles) of coastline and 3.4 million square nautical miles of ocean.
An ROV was used in the discovery and survey of a Greek trading ship, dated 400BC, making it the oldest intact shipwreck known to man. The shipwreck is incredibly well-preserved due to the anoxic (lacking oxygen) conditions at depths below 60m in the Black Sea.
The vessel, 75-foot-long Greek trading ship designed with both sail and oar-power, is very similar to the one Odysseus sailed during his encounter with the Sirens, returning from the Trojan War.