An ambitious mission will delve into one of the last major unexplored frontiers on the planet, a vast body already feeling the effects of global warming. The British-led Nekton Mission reached the tiny atoll of Alphonse in Seychelles waters, Thursday March 7, 2019.
The scientific mission is able to document changes under the Indian Ocean and broadcast them on television-quality video in a scientific historical precedent, AP has reported. The first transmission came from a depth of 60 meters (200 feet) below sea level.
In the past, deep-sea livestreams were carried out via fibre optic cable. The new broadcast uses cutting-edge wireless technology, in which the video is sent visually through the waves.
The Associated Press is the only news agency to work with British scientists from the Nekton research team, on a seven-week deep sea mission, to learn the secrets of one of the world's least explored areas - the Indian Ocean.
The team includes scientists from many nationalities who collect data to help policy makers formulate protection and conservation measures.
"The problem is, when it comes to this place, when it came to the currents, the last current data that was gathered before we came here was in 1882," he said. "It's part of the challenge. This is exploration," said Nekton Mission director Oliver Steeds.
AP video coverage will include exploration of depths up to 300 metres off the Seychelles in two-person submarines, the search for submerged mountain ranges, undiscovered marine life, along with aerial footage of the mission.