Transcript for Dedicated researchers searching for solutions to global climate change
something a little bit different. We're going to go out to sea with dedicated researchers searching for solutions to climate change. Oceanxplorer is seeking to protect our oceans and they partnered with nat-geo to give us an inside look at their work. Will reeve is a aboard their vessel this morning. Will, good morning. Reporter: Good morning there, Mary. How lucky are we to have on the deck of this research vessel in the middle of the east river? A drone operator's dream. Lower Manhattan in all its glory right behind me, and this helicopter behind me on the oceanxplorer has four research vessels and labs, up to 72 scientists and crew able to live and work here. Studying the oceans, trying to save the oceans for future generations. Really cool stuff going on here. Will, you've spent some time with oceanx, and they were trying to save coral reef S. What have they been up to? Last may of 2019, I was on the previous research vessel. We went to the bottom of the ocean in a submersible to check out the coral reef and stuck a styrofoam coffee cup to the outside of the submersible. This is it. I kept this as a souvenir and got condensed, pushed down by the pressure which was absolutely amazing. This vessel is just back in new York from the red sea. It went out to Egypt and the red sea to study supercoral, which is coral that can thrive in warmer temperatures to see if they can learnff about the coral reefs closer to home here. It's all fascinating, will, and I understand there was a rare weather phenomenon involved in that mission you were talking about as well? Tell us about it. Yeah. Crazy weather. On their way out to the red sea through the strait of gibraltar in September, this vessel encountered what is called a medicine. It's a mediterranean hurricane, kind of like a cyclone. It can reach category 1 hurricvel winds, crazy stuff. This helicopter actually, they can push that inside. It has a little hangar so they don't get the -- the helicopter doesn't fly off the ship. They have everything literally nailed down here on oceanxplorer. What's next here for the oceanxplorer? Next up, warmer weather. I hope that I can hitch a ride. They're heading to the caribbean. They're joining none other than James Cameron for a nat-geo docuseries about the ocean, what oceanx and other researchers and scientists around the world are doing to try to preserve the world's oceans for future awesome stuff happening here on the oceanxplorer and around the world which of course, the oceanxplorer can get to with relative ease. Medicanes, not withstanding, guys. All right, will reeve for us. Exciting stuff. We appreciate it.
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