Expedition 15 Videos

Watch the video interviews
In a series of video clips, co-principal investigators Stefan Sievert and Jeff Seewald describe their goals for Expedition 15, the new technology they’re using to gather samples in the deep ocean, and the scientific challenges they’ll face along the way. Launch interactive »


Welcome to the research vessel Atlantis! Of the 31 scientists and technicians who joined this expedition, nearly half grew up speaking languages other than English. In this video, hear researchers’ greetings in Chinese, German, French, Hindi, Greek, Spanish, and Italian. View video »

lab setup

The first day aboard Atlantis is a flurry of activity, as scientists and technicians rush to unpack gear from shipping crates and reassemble it in the lab. In this time-lapse video, you’ll see just how much stuff can be crammed onto a workbench in the span of an hour. View video »


jason deployment

In this video, follow along as the remotely operated vehicle is deployed from the ship for the first time during our expedition. View video »

jason deployment

In this time-lapse video, watch the team at work over the course of an hour as they make final adjustments to the vehicle before deployment. View video »

This clip offers a rare view of samples leaving the ocean floor on an elevator. View video »



Watch Jason deploy a sampler, called a “colonizer,” on the sea floor. View video »

jason deployment

Watch Jason take a tubeworm sample. View video »

jason deployment

This clip offers a rare view of samples leaving the ocean floor on an elevator. View video »


Tubeworm dissection

In this video, watch marine biologist Horst Felbeck dissect a tubeworm. View video »


In this video, Jason hovers near a towering vent site called “Bio9.” View video »

crab spa

In this video, we see Crab Spa through a thicket of tubeworms and mussels. View video »



In this video, researchers stumbled across this ghostly white octopus. View video »

spaghetti worms

In this video, watch long, thin worms are commonly known as “spaghetti worms.” View video »

teddy bear

This site, which researchers discovered just a few days ago, is nicknamed “Teddy Bear.” View video »