Watch live: NOAA expedition to unexplored waters off U.S. Southeast coast

June 20, 2019 – Curious about what lies and lives deep beneath the surface of the ocean? Now’s your chance to see it with your own eyes.

From June 21-July 11, tune into NOAA’s live video broadcasts of dives to depths as deep as two miles (3,200 meters) as part of an expedition off the southeastern coast of the United States.

After collecting high-resolution mapping data of the seafloor and water column, we’ll use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) deployed from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to explore deep-sea coral and sponge habitats, potential shipwrecks, submarine canyons and cold seeps. In fact, the deepwater areas we’ll be investigating are some of the least explored parts along the U.S. East Coast, so it’s possible that viewers and scientists alike could see marine species never seen before.

Led by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, the Windows to the Deep 2019 expedition marks the 100th mission during which ocean exploration data has been collected from the Okeanos Explorer. This year marks 10 years since the first ocean exploration data was collected from the ship.

Data collected during this mission in the waters off Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina will fill critical gaps in our understanding of the southeast U.S. coast. It’s also expected to provide information needed to sustainably manage ocean resources and strengthen the Blue Economy, which includes more than 3 million jobs in marine trades, marine transportation, offshore mineral extraction, ship and boat building, and tourism and recreation.

Mark your calendars