Centuries-Old Shipwreck Discovered Off North Carolina Coast

Scientific sonar spots unknown shipwreck, possibly dating to the American Revolution Scanning sonar from a scientific expedition has revealed the remains of a previously unknown shipwreck more than a mile deep off the North Carolina coast. Artifacts on the wreck indicate it might date to the American Revolution. Marine scientists from Duke University, North Carolina … [Read more...]

James Cameron Donates His Deepsea Challenger Sub to Woods Hole

Marking the one-year anniversary of his record breaking solo dive to Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, explorer and filmmaker James Cameron is donating his DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the name of science. This week Cameron and WHOI announced the formation of a partnership aimed at accelerating advances in … [Read more...]

New US Navy Oceanographic Vessel Will Provide Valuable New Research Tool [VIDEO]

ARLINGTON, Va.-Construction for two new research ships funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) officially got underway with a keel-laying and dedication ceremony Aug. 17 at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington. Contracts for both state-of-the-art Ocean-class Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessels were awarded in late 2011 and earlier … [Read more...]

Scientists Discover Huge Phytoplankton Bloom in Ice Covered Waters

A team of researchers, including scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), discovered a massive bloom of phytoplankton beneath ice-covered Arctic waters. Until now, sea ice was thought to block sunlight and limit the growth of microscopic marine plants living under the ice. The amount of phytoplankton growing in this under-ice bloom was four times greater … [Read more...]

US Department of Defense Gets a New Toy to Explore the Ocean

Hydroid, Inc. a Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary, announced today that they had delivered a new deep-diving Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for use by the US Navy. The REMUS 6000 AUV, as it's name suggests, is capable of diving to depths of up to 6,000 meters and was designed under a cooperative program involving the … [Read more...]