A bathymetric image of a recently discovered seamount.

News: Four New Seamounts Discovered in the High Seas

Tallest of underwater features discovered by crew of research vessel Falkor (too) stands over 1.5 miles high Video and photos available here. VALPARAISO, Chile – The crew of Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor (too) discovered four underwater mountains — the tallest of which is over 1.5 miles high — on a January transit from … Continued

News:  Scientists Discover Four New Species of Deep-Sea Octopus

Unexpected octopus diversity found in Costa Rica’s deep sea, along with a new deep-sea skate nursery. Video and photos available here. Puntarenas, Costa Rica – Scientists aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor (too) have discovered at least four new deep-sea octopus species in a 100-square-mile-sized area off Costa Rica.  The international science team discovered the … Continued

News:  Scientists Locate New Hydrothermal Vent Field Using State-of-the-Art Mapping Technology

Scientists utilize high-resolution mapping technologies to find new hydrothermal vents inside the Galápagos Marine Reserve, as well as 15 species not previously known to live within the region. Video and photos available here. PUERTO AYORA,  Ecuador– An international research team aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor (too), have discovered a new high-temperature hydrothermal vent … Continued

News: Massive New Seamount Discovered in International Waters Off Guatemala

Underwater mapping leads to discovery of seamount two times taller than Burj Khalifa Images available here Los Angeles, CA – Seafloor mapping during a Schmidt Ocean Institute expedition has revealed an underwater mountain twice as high as the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in international waters off Guatemala. The 1,600-meter (5,249-foot) seamount covers 14 … Continued

News: Scientists Discover Healthy Deep-Sea Coral Reef and New Seamounts in the Galápagos

Stunning 800-meter long coral reef discovered with Schmidt Ocean Institute’s underwater robot off Galápagos Islands Video and photos available here. Puerto Ayora, Ecuador– Scientists examining underwater cliff ecosystems onboard research vessel Falkor (too) using the 4,500 meter robot, ROV SuBastian, have discovered two pristine coral reefs in the waters surrounding the Galápagos Islands. These newly … Continued

News: Squat Lobsters Guide Scientists To New Hydrothermal Vent Field

After 43 hours of searching, international science team discovers new hydrothermal vent field off the Western Galápagos Video and photos available here. Puerto Ayora, Ecuador– Scientists on a Schmidt Ocean Institute expedition have discovered a new hydrothermal vent field larger than a professional soccer field. The vent field found in the Pacific Ocean off the … Continued

News: Scientists Discover New Ecosystem Underneath Hydrothermal Vents

International science team discovers deep-sea habitats, evidence of hydrothermal animals, in volcanic cavities beneath the ocean floor  Video and photos available here. Balboa, Panama – A new ecosystem has been discovered in volcanic cavities beneath hydrothermal vents at a well-studied undersea volcano on the East Pacific Rise off Central America. The landmark 30-day expedition aboard … Continued

News: Scientists Discover New Deep-sea Octopus Nursery in Costa Rica

International team of scientists explored previously unseen seamounts in Costa Rica, found new active octopus nursery and witnessed babies hatching  Video and photos available here. Puntarenas, Costa Rica – A team of international scientists have discovered a new deep-sea octopus nursery at a low-temperature hydrothermal vent offshore of Costa Rica. The discovery of the brooding … Continued