What if you had the power to help our planet?

We’re building submersibles that will gather the data we need to make a difference for our planet.

We have better maps of the moon and Mars than of our ocean floor. We’ve created a solution that provides accessibility to our deep oceans.

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Who does this help?

We all need data that scientists can collect from our oceans so we can learn answers to important questions such as, Is marine protection working? and How are we being affected by the change our oceans are undergoing from our energy and production activities?

Who can participate?

We are helping universities, their students, and citizen scientists gain access to knowledge about our deep oceans. People connected to research and ecotourism vessels will be able to gain access to our submersibles. Anyone can contribute to our mission through donations and in-kind support. You could even join a mission as one of our supporters.


Where are we going?

We’re making discoveries about new species, how our energy and product activities impact us, and even about how much we just don’t know.

To gather data about this critical information, we’re going to the Twilight Zone, also known as the Mesopelagic Zone between 200 and 1,000 meters deep.

The Mesopelagic Zone is so named due to the limited amount of sunlight that reaches these depths, and it is here that many animals have developed traits like bioluminescence (are able to make their own light).

Many types of animals that normally live at the surface hunt down here, including the beluga whale. This zone drops down to 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) and contains an array of unique and often bizarre looking creatures including angel sharks, dragonfish, gulper eels, radiolarians and the extremely rare Coelacanth.

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The Twilight Zone is where the Deep HOPE submersibles will gather scientific data and do the bulk of their explorations. The Deep HOPE submersibles are designed to operate at these depths, beyond the range of conventional scuba divers.

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The Twilight Zone contains the greatest amount of marine biodiversity in the entire ocean including the deep water reef systems — essential for the health of the planet. This zone is where the majority of the photosynthesis in the oceans occurs which is absolutely critical for the oxygen we all breathe.

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Vertical migration

The Twilight Zone zone is also the source of the mass vertical migration that takes place daily. This migration of marine fauna and flora is responsible for transporting vast amounts of man-made carbon dioxide emissions away from the surface and storing it safely at depth.

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Hope Spots

It also here that Dr. Sylvia Earle has concentrated on identifying various spots on our planet that show the greatest potential for resilience and health in our ocean eco systems. Dr. Earle has termed these, “Hope Spots”; the Deep HOPE project has the technical expertise to explore these “Hope Spots” to their fullest potential.

Water covers nearly 71% OF EARTH, yet we know more about deep space than the deep ocean. THE OCEAN IS ALIVE, space is not.

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle
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We’ve built a team to ensure success

Experts from marine science, engineering, and conservation related work have joined Deep HOPE as a team of Directors, Administrators, and an advisory Council. Together, they aim to succeed at raising funds for, building, and overseeing the successful missions for Deep HOPE.

Contact us
If you would like more information or would like to be a part of this ground breaking project please don't hesitate to contact us.

Our Sponsors

Deep HOPE’s sponsors are a group of exceptional organizations committed to the protection of our oceans and the exploration of our planet. They have significantly contributed to the development of our program and continue to serve our mission.

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