NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer Discovers Ghostly New Octopod on Ocean Floor
The first operational dive of Okeanos Explorer’s 2016 season, on February 27, explored depths of over 4,000 meters northeast of Necker Island (Mokumanamana) in the Hawaiian Archipelago. The dive was planned to obtain baseline information on whether a connection exists between Necker Island and Necker Ridge, a narrow feature that extends over 400 miles and protrudes past the current exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the United States.
The primary objective was to collect geological samples on the ridge in order to determine whether these have the same composition as samples that have previously been collected near Necker Island. Additionally, the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Deep Discoverer surveyed biological communities in the area.