Discovery Collections

Monsters of the Deep unveiled at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

With a Vampire Squid (from hell) and a model of 'Boaty McBoatface'; the Historic Dockyard Chatham are about to showcase an exhibition of treasures from the National Oceanography (NOC) that has been described as the most technically sophisticated and lavish sea monster-themed showcase ever produced.

Inspiring interns complete their terms at the International Seabed Authority

Two interns are completing their terms with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Secretariat as a direct result of our contributions and our charitable commitment to educating and inspiring the next generation of change makers.

Illustrated celebration of the ocean announced

Ocean: Exploring the Marine World

A brand new richly illustrated celebration of the world’s oceans and seas, developed in consultation with an international panel of experts including the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Dr Tammy Horton, is now available for pre-order.

The Top Ten BRAND NEW marine species identified in 2020

The E.T. Sponge, Advhena magnifica. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

2020 saw the identification of almost 2,000 fascinating new marine species. The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), in collaboration with The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and other scientists around the globe, has been working to decide which of these incredible creatures will make it to the WoRMS top-ten.

Scientists create first of its kind guidelines for identifying species through images

A ‘big red prawn’ formally known as Cerataspis monstrosus – but can you be sure just from a photograph?

Scientists have created a set of unique guidelines for image-based species identification to improve biodiversity data collection. Led by Dr Tammy Horton at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the new guide provides rules for the use of open nomenclature signs in image-based biodiversity studies.

Major exhibition opens with NOC specimens and Boaty McBoatface

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth today opens its major new exhibition ‘MONSTERS OF THE DEEP: Science Fact and Fiction’.

Three-miles down, 30-year study, the giant amphipods are changing

The giant amphipod, <em>Eurythenes</em>.

Studying samples that date back to 1985, NOC scientists have discovered that the key scavengers of the deep-sea floor have changed in a way that matches changes in surface ocean climate.