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What Are You Seeing? You are watching a video feed from the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer as it investigates the deep waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. The video feed will change during the day (or night) depending on the scheduled ship operations.
When a dive is underway, the feed is typically from the Little Hercules remotely operated vehicle (ROV) camera and during multibeam operations the feed displays the multibeam acquisition computer screen. This feed may also switch to the Port HD Robo camera on the fantail for launch/recovery. The embedded audio on this feed is from the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer line and the telecon.
During ROV launch and recovery, you may see live footage from the Port and/or Starboard HD Robo cameras. At other times, when the ROV is not being deployed/recovered or is not in the water, you may see people working in the shipboard mission control room, pre-recorded dive footage, and other panoramic views such as sunsets.
The dive schedule is pretty consistent - the ROV is launched and in the water each day around 8 A.M. CDT and brought back to the surface around 5 P.M. CDT. Depending on the depth of the dive, it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to more than three hours to get to the bottom (or surface), so sometimes all you will see is blue water when you first click the videos. If so, either it is early morning and the Little Herc is descending to bottom or it is afternoon and the ROV is ascending. Mapping operations occur when the ROV is not in the water and you can watch the seafloor being mapped in real time. All video courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
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