Find out about life aboard the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey

Join the Nekton research team as they explore the waters off Bermuda with submersibles, technical dive teams and a host of scientific equipment.

You will tour the Baseline Explorer, a specialized marine research vessel and learn about life afloat, science at sea and all the different roles and people that go into making this kind of expedition a success.

The deep ocean, below 200 meters is the beating heart of our planet. It represents 97% of our biosphere, providing food and valuable genetic resources, maintaining a stable climate, and even changing our ideas about life in the universe. Yet it is virtually unknown. We have better maps of Mars than we do of our own seabed and scientists estimate that only 0.0001% has been biologically sampled.

This Expedition delivered the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey. To find out more visit the Nekton website.

Welcome aboard the Baseline Explorer! We are at sea off the coast of Bermuda, exploring the deep ocean with submersibles, deep dive teams and other scientific instruments. You have arrived during the morning briefing, where Mission Director, Oliver Steeds, shares the day’s priorities. Learn more about the different roles needed to make an expedition like this happen.

‘Steaming’ is the nautical term for traveling between two places. Every day the Baseline Explorer and team would travel to a new research site to continue the exploration of the underwater world. You can see the back deck here, where much of the technical operations took place.

During the ‘steam’ there is time for planning the exact science for the day. The research was often focused on a series of seamounts around Bermuda. These submerged mountains support an array of life, but finding the best place for sampling is not a process of trial and error. Local knowledge is key.

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