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Welcome to a very special place...

Picture yourself over 100 miles from land, in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. At times, the seas can be very unforgiving, and the weather can turn foul in an instant. But here, in the midst of this unpredictable Gulf, lie three of the most beautiful and wild places in all the world. Manta rays, whale sharks, coral heads bigger than cars, hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates... This place teems with life!

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Back to the Shipwrecks...

Shipwreck on the sea floor near Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA Ship OKEANOS EXPLORER is heading back to the Gulf of Mexico to explore areas south of the sanctuary, including another visit to the Monterrey Shipwrecks (Monterrey A pictured above).

Visitors can explore along with this expedition on the Okeanos Explorer website. Live video feeds from ROV exploration will begin April 12, 2014.

Along with exceptional video and imagery, this expedition posting includes daily mission logs and content essays on Mission PlanWhy Does Connectivity Matter?Unlocking Cultural MysteriesEducation ModuleGeologic History of Gulf.

Poster: Deep Sea Marine Life of the Monterrey Shipwrecks  (2.5MB pdf)

Women Divers Hall of Fame Inductee

Emma on dive ladder of R/V MANTA

Emma Hickerson, research coordinator at NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, was recently inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors women divers who have made outstanding contributions to the exploration, understanding, safety and enjoyment of our underwater world.

ONMS Article and Podcast Interview with Emma

Pictures of the Ceremony and Emma at work

NOAA Press Release (65kb pdf)
WDHoF Press Release (844kb pdf)

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French angelfish in foreground; large boulder corals in background.  French angelfish is dinner plate size oval shaped, blue body with body scales bright yellow on their edges.
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