Explore Sanctuaries Live

with real-time video and communication feeds from underwater

Though our planet is mostly ocean, we still know little about what lies far beneath the surface. Approximately 95 percent of the ocean remains unexplored, much of it in the deep sea. Even your national marine sanctuaries contain areas that have still not been seen by humans.

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries works with partners to expand our understanding of sanctuaries through deep-water exploration and research. As we learn more about the mysteries of the deep, we can better protect our vital ocean.

While we explore the deep, we’re bringing you along with us via livestream, social media, and more. Learn more about the research we and our partners are doing by clicking on the tabs below. For an overall look at the telepresence research this summer, read the web story here.

2019 Expeditions

coral spawning

Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration

This summer, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is teaming up with Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration (GFOE) to explore Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The Research Vessel (R/V) Manta will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to support mesophotic coral reef exploration.

nautilus control room

Ocean Exploration Trust

This spring, summer, and fall, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is teaming up with Ocean Exploration Trust to explore the marine ecosystems of the West Coast and Pacific Islands Regions. Working aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, scientists will map and explore sanctuary sites along the California coast and west to National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa in the South Pacific.

The RV Connecticut

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

This summer, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is teaming up with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to explore Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Archeological and biological assessments will be conducted while working aboard the vessel Dawn Treader and Research Vessel (R/V) Connecticut.

Partner Expeditions

Many of our partners are also conducting exploration and research in national marine sanctuaries. Visit their pages for more information and ways to connect.