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NOAA Ocean Exploration

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Official feed for NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, the only federal program dedicated to exploring and understanding our ocean.

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 22, 2017

During the Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities expedition, scientists have seen a lot of squids! Here, the ROV encounters a Rossia squid sitting on a ledge in Corsair Canyon, Canada. Learn more about their cephalopod encounters by visiting the link in our bio. . . 🇨🇦

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 20, 2017

Did you know that some sponges are carnivorous, catching tiny animals and making meals out of them? It's true! During the Northern Neighbors expedition to explore U.S. and Canadian Atlantic waters, scientists are looking for these carnivorous sponges, to gain a better idea of the sorts of environments where these sponges flourish. Learn more by visiting the link in our bio. . . [About the image: Close-up of one of the trapping spheres of the carnivorous sponge, Chondrocladia grandis. Inside is a prey animal attached to the sphere.] . .

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 16, 2017

Returning to Corsair Canyon for the first time since 2014 generated excitement among the Northern Neighbors science team, as the data collected on that dive helped protect fragile resident corals in the area. The main goal for this expedition was to see other unexplored areas of the canyon. While they didn't find exactly what they were expecting, even a mud-covered seafloor can hold a rich biodiversity of life & warrants study and conservation effort. In this photo, a large and very old bubblegum coral Paragorgia arborea sits on a rock, along with red crab and venus flytrap anemones, in Corsair Canyon. Learn more via the link in our bio. . . .

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 15, 2017

While exploring an unnamed canyon between Heezen and Nygren Canyons in U.S. waters, the Northern Neighbors expedition team encountered a variety and abundance of deep-sea corals, including Lophelia pertusa, Paragorgia, and Primnoa (all shown in these pics). Overall, it was a "major" find in this "minor" canyon. Learn more by following the link in our bio. Be sure to tune in to the live stream of today's dive exploring Georges Canyon, between 1:30-3:30 pm EDT: http://www.oceana.ca/en/expeditions/gulf_of_maine/gulfofmaine/overview. . .

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 14, 2017

Learn how scientists are using sound to search for shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary: https://go.usa.gov/xNVhq

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 12, 2017

After a weather delay kept the team at the dock a day longer than planned, the Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities expedition to explore canyon and slope habitats off the Atlantic coasts of the U.S. and Canada is now well underway! Learn more via the link in our bio. . . And tune in tomorrow, starting at 9:15 am EDT, as brings you LIVE video of the day's dive: www.oceana.ca/GulfofMaine . .

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 9, 2017

Since it's and all: Check out this tiny octopus, whose body measured about five centimeters across. He was spotted swimming along at a depth of 825 meters as we explored Whiting Seamount, off of Puerto Rico on April 29, 2015. - -

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 8, 2017

On , take a moment to appreciate the beauty, splendor, and mystery of the ocean. No matter where you live, you are connected to the ocean -- it supports you as well as many organisms we know about and many we have yet to discover... Isn't the ocean just ? And remember to tune in later today for a tri-ship Google hangout with our partners and about exploring the deep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ps9yTYirxQ [This video is from a 2016 expedition to explore near Wake Island at a depth of ~640 meters.] - -

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 7, 2017

During our last expedition, just before beginning the return to the sea surface after exploring the seafloor of South Palmyra Slope at a depth of ~500 meters, we saw this chaunax, sometimes called a coffinfish or toadfish, on the wall. Looks a little grumpy, no? - - Explorer fish

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 6, 2017

On Thursday, June 8, scientists will embark on the "Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities" expedition to explore canyon and slope habitats off the northeast coasts of the United States and Canada. The participating research teams were first brought together in 2011, based on the recognition that fisheries and deep-sea corals do not recognize boundaries and thus collaborative research should be conducted in both U.S. and Canadian waters in order to add to our knowledge of the distribution and abundances of transboundary coral species and associated fauna. Learn more via the link in our bio. In this photo, the science team gathers in the ROPOS command center during a 2014 expedition aboard the NOAA ship Henry Bigelow to view images from the seafloor in the northern Gulf of Maine. - - eriesandoceanscanada

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 1, 2017

From June 8 - 22, 2017, a team of U.S. and Canadian scientists aboard NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow will spend 15 days at sea exploring canyon and slope habitats off the northeast coasts of U.S. and Canada and sites in the Gulf of Maine with the Canadian remotely operated vehicle, ROPOS. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xNn4y

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NOAA Ocean Exploration @noaaoceanexploration Instagram Photo / Video — Jun 1, 2017

The first leg of the Cuba’s Twilight Zone Reefs expedition ended earlier this week with a dive in the Bay of Pigs, specifically Punta Perdiz, between 30 - 150 meters depth, featuring a diversity and abundance of corals, sponges, and fish, many of which had not been previously observed. Learn more by visiting the link in our bio.

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