If you watched some of the livestreamed dive during Voyage to the Ridge 2022, no doubt you were wowed by some of the amazing imagery collected via remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Deep Discoverer (D2). But have you gotten acquainted with the views from ROV Seirios?
Referred to in the industry as a ‘camera sled,’ Seirios is directly tethered to NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and then is further tethered to D2 via a cable that provides power as well as a pathway for data transmission back to the ship. This configuration allows Seirios to absorb the heave from the ship while keeping D2 stable as it explores the ocean floor.
Seirios always stays above D2, providing ROV pilots from the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration an expanded view of D2 and surrounding areas. Shining down on D2 much like its namesake star, Sirius, Seirios acts as a brilliant source of light in the “night sky” of the ocean, literally shedding light on a location’s features and its inhabitants.
So next time you’re following the livestream, take a moment to pop over to Camera 2 for a slightly different perspective. You never know what you might be missing…