Accidentally Discovered Shipwreck in Gulf of Mexico

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!

Full article at: 29may19

Exploration At Its Finest: May 16, 2019

On May 12, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer set sail for a shakedown and sea-trial expedition in the Gulf of Mexico. On May 16, while conducting an "engineering dive" to test new remotely operated vehicle equipment, the team made an unexpected – and exciting – discovery: the wreck of what is likely a mid-19th century wooden sailing vessel. Thanks to telepresence technology, we were able to quickly assemble a team of archaeologists to virtually participate in the remainder of the dive and make some initial observations of the wreck: exciting find, and the fact that we basically randomly "stumbled" upon a wreck, further illustrates just how little we know about what lies on the seafloor.

Posted by NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

ROV for NZ Marine Biosecurity

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.

Full article at: NIWA ROV for marine biosecurity