Nekton’s first mission is a pioneering international and multi-disciplinary scientific research programme using some of the most cutting-edge subsea technologies available today. These include human-operated deep diving submersibles (HOVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and technical divers. 

The scientific findings will create a new standardised methodology to be used by marine biologists for measuring physical, chemical and biological indicators to assess the function, health and resilience of the deep ocean, They will be released later this year as part of the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey.

During the mission the latest 360-degree panoramic cameras are being deployed with the submersibles, divers, and on board the mother ships to capture and broadcast daily this unprecedented voyage of discovery and science. 

Dates: July 14th - August 15th 2016


  • Bermuda
  • Gully Marine Protected Area (Nova Scotia, Canada) 
  • Sargasso Sea


2 X Triton 1000/2 submersibles adapted with scientific and filming equipment (Triton & Project Baseline)

Science Ship:

CCGS Hudson (Canadian Department of Fisheries & Oceans)

Sub Deployment Ship Baseline Explorer (Project Baseline)

Dive boats:

M/V Protector (Global Underwater Explorers) 

M/V Tiarra (Ocean Support Foundation)

Other Equipment:

1 X 2000m ROV (remote operated vehicle) 

1 X multi beam system for seabed mapping


Technical dive teams down to 100+m (Bermuda Institute

of Ocean Sciences, Global Underwater Explorers)