Do you even dive, dude? Okeanos does.

 

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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer berthed at the NOAA Ford Island facility located in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

 

I love the Okeanos Explorer, and all that the crew aboard it does. The Okeanos Explorer is the “only federally funded U.S. ship assigned to systematically explore our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge.”(from the About page.)

Not only are they exploring our oceans to gather information about them, but they also broadcast their dives live for anyone who wants to watch one! All you have to do is go to this live stream page to watch. In fact, they have a dive scheduled today at 2 PM EDT!

You can choose from three different cameras, listen to them as they note what they’ve found, and discover things along with them. My friend and I have watched countless dives, and seen some very cool things. It’s a relaxed atmosphere with interesting views and a way to own your geek without having to spend a dime.

But… The NOAA is under threat. 45  himself would like to see it go away because he doesn’t believe in climate change.  

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Watch a dive tonight. Even if it turns out to be one of the less-exciting dives, you’ll get a sense for the awesomeness that the NOAA is doing for us with Okeanos Explorer. Cutting the budget for the NOAA does more than just keep the scientists from studying our climate, it also blocks them from studying our oceans.

If you’re on here, you know how vital learning about our world is. 

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