Consider that we have explored only five percent of our ocean, meaning that 95 percent of what lies beneath remains unknown.
Join the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research as we explore the unknown reaches of the deep ocean. We'll deploy new and exciting technologies, search never-seen-before shipwrecks, encounter spectacular underwater geology, and discover curious and previously unknown critters.
We'll even invite you along for the ride -- live -- so you can experience the excitement and wonder of scientific discovery and build an appreciation of how important ocean exploration is to understanding, and therefore protecting, our world ocean.
The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is the only federal organization currently dedicated to exploring our unknown ocean. Since 2001, we have been supporting expeditions to explore deep-ocean areas, helping to advance knowledge and understanding needed to help citizens, businesses, and governments make smart choices to protect lives, property, and economic wellbeing.
While it's hard to pick just a few, these videos represent some of our "best of" highlights from expeditions over the years.
You don't have to go to outer space to find aliens -- you can find them right here on Earth! Animals in the deep ocean live in to what we consider extreme conditions -- it is cold, devoid of sunlight, and under immense pressure. Yet deep-sea critters have adapted to survive and thrive, resulting in animals that look strange, wonderful, and from another world.
Check out some of these "Aliens from the Deep," seen during expeditions to explore the deep ocean, supported by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
View videos from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer expeditions to explore and characterize the unknown ocean.
Known as "America's ship for ocean exploration," NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, in partnership with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration (OER), travels around the globe to map and characterize largely unknown areas of the ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge.