2017 Laulima O Ka Moana: Exploring Deep Monument Waters Around Johnston Atoll

Mission Overview

From July 7 to August 2, NOAA and partners conducted an expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in the Johnston Atoll Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

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Video Highlights

Dive 14: New and Unexpected

This snailfish is likely a new species, making this was the first time it was seen alive.

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Dive 11: Forest of the Weird

Alien-like community composed of glass sponges with their concave sides directed towards the current.

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Dive 07: Hunting Anglerfish

This deep-sea anglerfish was seen during exploration of "Edmondson" seamount.

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