From July 27 to August 19, the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) is exploring largely uncharted deep-sea ecosystems and seafloor around the Wake Atoll Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. An area that lies to the south and west of Hawaii, it is the largest marine protected area in the world, spanning approximately 370,000 square nautical miles.
The Okeanos Explorer research ship conducts operations consisting of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives and mapping, focused on the depths between 250 and 6,000 meters, that include high-resolution visual surveys and limited geological sample collection. The Okeanos also transmits data in real-time to a shore-based team of scientists.
Click here to check in live on the three cameras of the Okeanos or just watch some of the remarkable footage it has produced below.