In Port

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer has wrapped up a successful 2017 and will now enter a repair period. Our next expedition, focused on mapping in the Gulf of Mexico, will be in March, and our next remotely operated vehicle expedition will be in April. For a full overview of 2018 activities, visit: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/2018-overview/welcome.html.

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December 20: Last Dive of the Expedition Complete

The last dive of the Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition is over. After recovering the ROVs, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin her transit to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Our next expedition, focused on seafloor mapping, starts in March, and our next ROV expedition (with live video of dives) will be in April. For a full rundown of 2018 Okeanos activities, visit: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/2018-overview/welcome.html.

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December 20: Dive 17: Horne Dome

Today is the LAST dive of the Okeanos Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition! Today we will explore a site called “Horne Dome,” which lies within a proposed Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary expansion zone. We should reach the seafloor at a depth of 1,050 meters (3,445 feet) around 9:10 am and stay down until 3:50 pm CST.

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December 19: Dive Complete; Last Expedition Dive Tomorrow

We’ve wrapped up the dive for today. Tomorrow is our last dive of the Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition, so be sure to tune in!

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December 19: Midwater Exploration

We’re heading up into the water column! We’ll be conducting a series of transects at 200-meter intervals, starting at 900 meters and moving up to 300 meters, spending ~ 10 minutes at each depth.

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December 19: Dive 16: “Dauphin Dome”

During today’s dive at “Dauphin Dome,” we plan to target a number of Bureau of Energy Ocean Management seismic anomalies on the west edge of the dome, to collect baseline information on the distribution and abundance of benthic fauna, including chemosynthetic communities and corals. The dive will start at ~1,950 meters (1.2 miles) depth, with us reaching bottom at ~9:40 am CST. We expect to leave the seafloor around 3:30 pm CST, at which time we will conduct exploratory midwater transects. This is the second to last dive of the expedition, so be sure to tune in!

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December 18: Dive Complete

After conducting both benthic exploration and midwater transects, the dive for December 18 is over. There are only two more dives left in the Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition, so be sure to join us again tomorrow!

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