Octonauts Corner

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is the only U.S. federal organization dedicated to exploring our unknown ocean. The Octonauts  are a team of quirky and courageous undersea adventurers with the mission to explore new underwater worlds, rescue amazing sea creatures, and protect the ocean.

Now, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the Octonauts have teamed up to bring you even more great deep-ocean information, to help you learn about and protect our ocean. Happy exploring!

Podcast: NOAA and the Octonauts

Want to learn more about the sea animals that the Octonauts rescue in their shows? Check out “NOAA and the Octonauts,” a new podcast from NOAA Education that dives into the science behind the show’s featured creatures. Find it on or on your favorite podcast platform.


As you follow an expedition and watch the dives live, are you curious how NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is involved in making these operations possible? Ever wondered how we are able to feed 49 people for three weeks at sea? Want an exclusive peek inside the ship’s control room? Then join us for a tour of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer! Video courtesy of Silvergate Media, Inc. and the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. Download larger version (mp4, 201.2 MB).


NOAA/Octonauts Creature Cards

Learn more about animals that live in the deep ocean with these NOAA/Octonauts Creature Cards! Ask a grown up to help you print your favorites to color and collect.

Angler fish


Anglerfish live all over the world, deep in the ocean where it is always dark. Learn more!

Anglerfish NOAA/Octonauts Creature Card

Video of an anglerfish from the Pacific Ocean

Vent Shrimp

Vent Shrimp

In the deep ocean, hydrothermal vents are often oases of life, with bacteria at the vents serving as a main source of food for other animals – like vent shrimp. Learn more!

Vent Shrimp NOAA/Octonauts Creature Card

Video about life at hydrothermal vents

Brittle star

Brittle Star

Brittle stars are found all over the world, mostly in the deep ocean. Learn more!

Brittle Star NOAA/Octonauts Creature Card

Video of a brittle star from the Pacific Ocean



Jellyfish are not actually fish – they have no backbone and are actually related to corals and anemones! Learn more!

Jellyfish NOAA/Octonauts Creature Card

Video of a jellyfish from the Pacific Ocean, near American Samoa

Deep Sea Creature Chart

Deep Sea Creature Chart

From vampire squid to siphonophores, gulper eels, and more – check out this chart of some of the creatures that live in the deep, dark ocean.

Octonauts Deep Sea Creature Chart

Video about the deep ocean – the largest living space on Earth