NOAA Deep Ocean Research Ship Makes Rare Visit

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Five thousand feet down, a tiny octopus makes its way along a rocky outcrop, says an article published on yahoo.

Ocean exploration

Humans can see them thanks to the remote-operated vehicle sent into the ocean from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Okeanos Explorer, the only federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration.

“These vehicles have seen things that no one has ever seen before,” said Jeremy Weirich, Director of NOAA Ocean Exploration.

Biological communities

The ship, commissioned in Seattle in 2008, is back for the first time, having just explored some of the deepest places off the Pacific Northwest coast.

“We dove a canyon off of Oregon and a canyon off of Washington and we saw completely different biological communities,” said Alexis Weinnig, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the scientists aboard the Okeanos Explorer.

Control room

Crew members steer the ROV from a control room and operate the cameras.Mechanical arms sometimes collect samples from the sea floor.Up in the wheelhouse, Captain Colin Little makes sure the ship stays in place.

Live to researchers

“We have a number of thrusters and controllers that are able to keep the ship very precisely positioned,” Little said.

Video of each dive is sent back live to researchers all over the world, who can talk with the scientists aboard.

Offering free public tours 

The video is also available to the public through the NOAA website.

NOAA Ocean Explorers is offering free public tours of the ship on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pier 46 on the Seattle waterfront, just south of the ferry dock.

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Source: Yahoo