Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration

Design. Build. Explore.

Engineers, videographers, data specialists, and educators. We are the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration. Our team designs, builds, and operates robotic platforms that explore the most extreme underwater environments on the planet—from the deep ocean to the largest lakes.

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Building a World-Class, Worldwide Ocean Exploration Program

Exploring the earth’s greatest depths. Producing the tools needed to get there. Bringing together global partners. Our team designs, builds and operates some of the most capable underwater robotic technology in the field. Working closely with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, we share fantastic ocean exploration discoveries with the world. We actively seek opportunities for collaboration and are always hiring talented engineers and videographers.

When we are out exploring the oceans, we’ll post a live video feed on this page so you can follow along. You can always find recent news stories here. Be sure to check out the work of our award-winning videographers on YouTube. We are also active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—you can follow all three below.

Our explorations are funded through a combination of grants and private donations. And we welcome your participation!

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Watch a "cosmic" jellyfish glide through the South Pacific Ocean.
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We had to remove one of the robotic manipulator arms from the D2 ROV after it sprung a small leak. Fortunately, GFOE engineers were able to resuscitate it last night! If you watched today's dive, you got to see it back in action. #BrokenArm ... See MoreSee Less

We had to remove one of the robotic manipulator arms from the D2 ROV after it sprung a small leak. Fortunately, GFOE engineers were able to resuscitate it last night! If you watched todays dive, you got to see it back in action. #BrokenArm

Crafty Octopus
The GFOE team recently saw this small #octopus in the deep waters off of American Samoa. He quickly retreated into hiding after being confronted by the 10,000-lbs Deep Discoverer ROV.

Footage captured in partnership with #NOAA OER. #Okeanos #ocean #explore
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Unfortunately the winds and seas picked up more than anticipated this morning, and we decided to end today's dive early. #Ocean exploration is never easy! Keep following along as we hope to try again tomorrow... #Okeanos ... See MoreSee Less

Unfortunately the winds and seas picked up more than anticipated this morning, and we decided to end todays dive early. #Ocean exploration is never easy! Keep following along as we hope to try again tomorrow... #Okeanos

I fucking love science
We are LIVE from the bottom of the Pacific ocean! NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is collecting critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in American Samoa and Samoa. These ocean areas are practically unexplored, so who knows what we'll see!

You won't see anything but blue for a few minutes, the robot is still descending through the ocean. Stay tuned, we'll be at the sea floor shortly!

Comment and tell us where you're watching from, and what you spot!
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The GFOE team is back on the #Okeanos Explorer! This time we are exploring deep ocean environments east of American Samoa in the southern Pacific. Follow along with us #LIVE (pending conditions) from about 2pm-10pm EST for the next 12 days:

www.engineeringfordiscovery.org/
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The GFOE team is back on the #Okeanos Explorer! This time we are exploring deep ocean environments east of American Samoa in the southern Pacific. Follow along with us #LIVE (pending conditions) from about 2pm-10pm EST for the next 12 days:

www.engineeringfordiscovery.org/