Global Explorer ROV

Global Explorer ROV

The Global Explorer remotely operated vehicle being lifted into the Gulf of Mexico by members of the "Jewels of the Gulf" expedition crew.

The "Jewels of the Gulf" deep-sea expedition used the Global Explorer, a remotely operated vehicle outfitted by Oceaneering, to take images of deep sea corals and their surrounding areas for monitoring purposes. Remotely operated means that the vehicle is tethered to the ship with a long fiber-optic cable, and operations are controlled by skilled pilots on shipboard while the ROV is deep in the ocean. About the size of a mini-van, the Global Explorer has a seven-function manipulator arm, which can be used to gently collect organisms for further analysis.

Image: Courtesy of ECOGIG