Exploring the Oceans - Protecting Marine Life

Technology from Teledyne supports the Nekton mission’s exploration and research in the Indian Ocean. The main research goals are to contribute to establishing a baseline on marine life and examine patterns of faunal and floral connectivity across depth and space.

Teledyne is proud to be technology partner for NEKTON in their mission to be on the frontline of the climate crisis by exploring the oceans. The protection of the oceans is vital to protect our planet and with missions like NEKTON’s we can help inspire the next generation of ocean conservationists. ​ ​

Seychelles was the first country in the Indian ocean to commit to protecting 30 percent of their ocean territory. Working with the government of Seychelles, a team of 60 scientists, crew, media, technicians, and submersible pilots were at sea for 50 days in Seychelles in March and April 2019. Applied research was at the heart of the mission— very little was known below 30 meters of the waters in Seychelles. The mission provided a biological and chemical health check of the ocean, as well as a mapping of the sea floor. The expedition focused on surveying reef habitats of remote coral atoll islands situated between 10-500 m deep. ​ ​

Highresolution imagery of the seabed taken with high-accuracy data and near real-time processing allows for dynamic changes to operations to be made. Currents were continuously monitored to ensure that conditions were optimal and safe for subsea operations. The submersibles and remote operated vehicles (ROV) were deployed with a suite of high-definition cameras and highintensity lights. ​

Extended range multibeam data


Submersible equipped with Teledyne Bowtech lights and cameras deep dive

Teledyne Marine provided the RESON SeaBat a highresolution multibeam echosounder, the PDS high-accuracy data and near real-time processing software, longrange real-time RD Instruments Pinnacle ADCP current profiler and a suite of high-definition BowTech cameras and highintensity lights.​ ​

Nekton, an Oxford-based independent, not-for-profit research institute, was established in 2015 by Oliver Steeds to accelerate scientific understanding and conservation of the ocean. Nekton works with nations committed to the sustainable development of the ocean, including to establish marine protected areas to build resilience and long-term prosperity. ​

First Decent, at the Seychelles, was the first in the series of NEKTON missions Teledyne has supported with technology. ​In March 2022 we are heading out with NEKTON again, this time to the Maldives.