The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Titanic-discoverer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Robert Ballard to engage in pure ocean exploration. Our international programs center on scientific exploration of the seafloor and many of our expeditions are launched from aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust. In addition to conducting scientific research, we offer our expeditions to explorers on shore via live video, audio, and data feeds from the field. We also bring educators and students of all ages aboard during E/V Nautilus expeditions, offering them hands-on experience in ocean exploration, research, and communications.

2016 Nautilus Expeditions

ROV Hercules
Ocean Networks Canada
May 10 – 30, 2016
Central California Basic Exploration
June 22 – July 2, 2016
Giant sponge
Southern California Margin
July 24 – August 12, 2016
E/V Nautilus
Central California
August 19 – 27, 2016
Gun with corals on the USS Independence wreck
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
August 29 – September 12, 2016