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Amusing Monday: Exploring the deep ocean — live

August 12th, 2013 by cdunagan

I’ve been captivated by live videos on the Internet this year, and I hope you won’t mind another live feed, this one from the sea floor of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Massachusetts.

The video comes to us live from a remotely controlled submarine traveling up to 10,000 feet below NOAA’s research vessel Okeanos Explorer. Be sure to click to full-screen. The current expedition will continue until Friday, but others are planned. If you don’t see anything, the activity may be over for the day. Hours normally are 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in our time zone. See the mission’s web page, Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.

Reporter Seth Borenstein wrote about the expedition last week for The Associated Press.

Some of the most remarkable videos saved from the expedition can be found on the Photo and Video Log. While the live shots are surprising, the recorded ones truly are highlights of the exploration. A description of the work being done has been posted on the Daily Updates page.

Reports on earlier research by the Okeanos Explorer is organized by year and can be found on the Expeditions page.

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