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The Moment of Discovery

The Moment of Discovery gallery showcases some of the most exciting experiences from past dives. Whether you're looking at an other-worldly acorn worm, or floating atop the bow of an ancient shipwreck, the following videos highlight the excitement and wonder we experience while exploring the ocean floor. Although many of these events are once-in-a-lifetime, by watching these videos we can relive these Moments of Discovery.

The Moment of Discovery is produced by ISC Chief Editor Alex DeCiccio using video and audio recorded live during the 2013 E/V Nautilus expedition.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 00:00

Life in a Magma Spire

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In this Moment Of Discovery, the E/V Nautilus Crew finds a giant magma spire teaming with life. As the ROV moves along the colorful shelf, we hear some of the science crew discussing the natural history which likely caused this ocean anomaly.

Copyright Ocean Exploration Trust & Sea Research Foundation

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 00:00

Red Squid Staredown

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In this Moment Of Discovery, The E/V Nautilus crew captured a brilliantly colored squid showcasing a classic defensive display. 

Copyright Ocean Exploration Trust & Sea Research Foundation

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 00:00

Massive Coral Formation

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In this Moment Of Discovery, the E/V Nautilus crew discovers a massive coral, nearly as wide as the ROV Hercules! Coral formations like this can take hundreds, or even thousands, of years to form.

Copyright Ocean Exploration Trust & Sea Research Foundation

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 00:00

Funny Acorn Worm

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In this Moment Of Discovery the E/V Nautilus crew discoverers and acorn worm on the sea floor. Acorn worms are actually in their own scientific class, and are very interesting animals to observe in the wild.

Copyright Ocean Exploration Trust & Sea Research Foundation

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 00:00

Undiscovered WWII Plane Wreck

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On Halloween night, 2011, the ROV Hercules found a previously undiscovered plane wreckage site on the sea floor in the Straits of Sicily. The aircraft is most likely a WW2 Plane shot down during action.

Copyright Ocean Exploration Trust & Sea Research Foundation

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 00:00

Goosefish - "Holy Mackerel!"

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Goosefish, which are sometimes referred to as monkfish, or Lophius americanus, are commonly found in the Northwestern Atlantic ocean.

Copyright Ocean Exploration Trust & Sea Research Foundation

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 00:00

Imaging the Dodekanisos Shipwreck

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In this Moment of Discovery, the E/V Nautilus crew finds the Dodekanisos wrecked, and captures some ghostly images of Hercules floating atop the deck.

Copyright Ocean Exploration Trust & Sea Research Foundation

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 00:00

Sneaky Rock-topus

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In this Moment of Discovery, the E/V Nautilus crew witnesses an interesting defensive display, as an octopus camouflaged itself to mimic a rock.

Copyright Ocean Exploration Trust & Sea Research Foundation

 

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