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Sailing drones are collecting data from the Arctic to the tropics

Over the next four months, NOAA scientists will launch unmanned ocean vehicles, called Saildrones, from the Arctic to the tropical Pacific Ocean to help...
Several different vibrantly colored animals can bee seen in this image, taken at approximately 2240 meters (7350 ft), including an Anthomastus mushroom coral (center), precious pink coral (right), bamboo coral (left), and feather stars (Crinoids).

Weird and wonderful animals discovered in the deep sea

Okeanos Explorer completes latest expedition with fabulous photos and videos of extraordinary deep sea creatures.

“Fish scale” coat will warn of structural damage

Brilliant iridescent fish scales change colour depending on the angle from which you look at them. The very word is from the greek word...
Mussel with Byssus threads showing

Glue that stays sticky when wet is inspired by mussels

Using a protein produced by mussels, researchers have created a reversible synthetic glue that not only can bond securely underwater - but also may be turned on and off with electricity.
Researchers use robomussels to monitor climate change

Robomussels monitor climate change

Tiny robots have been helping researchers study how climate change affects biodiversity. Developed by Northeastern University scientist Brian Helmuth, the "robomussels" have the shape,...
"Mike" Michael L. Baird [CC BY 2.0]

Blue whales’ unique feeding habits revealed by sensors & video

Whales are the biggest animals to ever have existed on Earth, and yet some subsist on tiny creatures. How they do this is only...

Underwater robot could help in search and rescue

One use for a robot like this is during underwater search and rescue operations. The robot modules could split up and search for survivors and recombine to lift heavy objects and open a passageway.

Underwater Robots Make Independent Decisions

Submarine robots can act independently, finding and following squid.

GPS signal used for sat-navs could improve knowledge of ocean currents

For the first time sea level has been mapped from space with GPS reflections, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters by...
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$7 Million Prize for developing Ocean Explorer

A global competition is challenging teams to design an underwater vehicle to explore the deep sea. It must map the seafloor, produce images of...