Updated Mesobot Provides Stunning Twilight Zone Ocean Footage

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (HROV) Mesobot is back for our third iteration of the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI) technology collaboration! Mesobot is one of three key pieces of ocean exploration technology hosted by E/V Nautilus on the NA155 expedition, and it returns this season with new systems upgrading its collaborative exploration power. 

Mesobot’s brand-new cameras have captured exciting biodiversity from the ocean’s twilight zone, including luminescent siphonophores and salps, squid, swordfish, and even an oceanic whitetip shark! 

Working with partners like OET, URI, and UNH through the NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute, weʻre bringing the best strengths of multiple vehicles together - mapping the ocean floor, monitoring water column migrations, directing robots like Mesobot to explore and make observations more precisely than ever before. 

Learn more about how Ocean Exploration Trust, University of New Hampshire, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute are working together on NA155 funded by NOAA Ocean Exploration via the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute.