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Ocean Exploration Telepresence Brings Science and Exploration to the Masses

Ocean Exploration Telepresence Brings Science and Exploration to the Masses

OER continues to build a cadre of "citizen scientists" on shore who participate virtually in ocean expeditions at sea. The Ocean Explorer website shattered all previous traffic records in August, receiving around 1.9 million visits. About 870,000 of those were to the live video feeds from deep-sea canyons off the U.S. northeast coast, which were accompanied by real-time commentary from scientists both aboard the Okeanos Explorer and ashore. The previous monthly record was about 964,000 visits set in July 2013. Every month since February has broken records set in previous years, and the site is on pace this year to exceed 11 million visits – which would surpass 2012 visits by over 4 million.

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