Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration

Design. Build. Explore.

Engineers, videographers, data specialists, and educators. We are the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration. Our team designs, builds, and operates robotic platforms that explore the most extreme underwater environments on the planet—from the deep ocean to the largest lakes.

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Building a World-Class, Worldwide Ocean Exploration Program

Exploring the earth’s greatest depths. Producing the tools needed to get there. Bringing together global partners. Our team designs, builds and operates some of the most capable underwater robotic technology in the field. Working closely with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, we share fantastic ocean exploration discoveries with the world. We actively seek opportunities for collaboration and are always hiring talented engineers and videographers.

When we are out exploring the oceans, we’ll post a live video feed on this page so you can follow along. You can always find recent news stories here. Be sure to check out the work of our award-winning videographers on YouTube. We are also active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—you can follow all three below.

Our explorations are funded through a combination of grants and private donations. And we welcome your participation!

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Jellyfish Remix
The ocean is full of #strange creatures to #marvel at! This unidentified #jellyfish might not look special at first...but the scene quickly turns electric.

It was filmed while the GFOE team was exploring the deep waters of the Mariana Trench last summer. Video produced in partnership with #NOAA OER.
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Mechanical Engineer Todd Gregory wrangles ROV Yogi back to the bow of the R/V Annie during an expedition in #Yellowstone Lake last August. #FindYourPark #science #nature #explore ... See MoreSee Less

Mechanical Engineer Todd Gregory wrangles ROV Yogi back to the bow of the R/V Annie during an expedition in #Yellowstone Lake last August. #FindYourPark #science #nature #explore

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Happy #Halloween! This #fish had never been seen alive before the GFOE team spotted it over 1.5 miles deep in the Mariana Trench. With its transparent, gelatinous skin that lacks scales, and its recessed eyes that lack pigment, it's a rather ghostly-looking creature. #ghost #ocean #photography

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Happy #Halloween! This #fish had never been seen alive before the GFOE team spotted it over 1.5 miles deep in the Mariana Trench. With its transparent, gelatinous skin that lacks scales, and its recessed eyes that lack pigment, its a rather ghostly-looking creature. #ghost #ocean #photography

Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

Research Vessel 'Annie'
You've seen photos and videos of ROV Yogi working in #Yellowstone Lake. It's all made possible by the R/V Annie--named after the first research vessel to sail on Yellowstone Lake during the Hayden Expedition in 1871. She is a 40-foot long aluminum boat and uniquely outfitted with a jet-drive station keeping system. The cabin is set up as a fully climate controlled control room, with a wall of high definition monitors as well as equipment for navigation, video recording, and #ROV control.

This one-minute video shows off some of the maneuvering capabilities of the Annie!

#FindYourPark #NPS100 #science #exploration
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We Are GFOE!
Check out this one-minute video to see what we do here at GFOE! #design #build #explore
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Mary HeathI can't stop saying it but......coolest job ever!!

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GFOE pilots carefully navigate the Deep Discoverer ROV around the bow of the Amakasu Maru, a Japanese cargo ship sunk near Wake Island in #WWII.

#ocean #shipwreck #GoDeepOrGoHome

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GFOE pilots carefully navigate the Deep Discoverer ROV around the bow of the Amakasu Maru, a Japanese cargo ship sunk near Wake Island in #WWII.

#ocean #shipwreck #GoDeepOrGoHome

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Steve MaconiYou guys ARE good!

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Sneak Peek: Underwater Yellowstone
Our team of explorers are excited to share with you some of the first underwater video shot by our very own ROV Yogi in #Yellowstone Lake! This one-minute preview will give you an idea of what is to come...

#science #tech #nature #FindYourPark #NationalParks
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The GFOE team captured this image of a deep sea urchin in the Mariana Trench. Its long spines are used for locomotion and to deter predators. The genetic material in some urchin species are being used in #biomedical applications to help develop treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s.

#GoDeepSea #ocean #exploration

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The GFOE team captured this image of a deep sea urchin in the Mariana Trench. Its long spines are used for locomotion and to deter predators. The genetic material in some urchin species are being used in #biomedical applications to help develop treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s.

#GoDeepSea #ocean #exploration

Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.