Asha @ TED

In October of 2014 a fellow OpenExplorer & Marine Biologist Asha De Vos did a TEDtalk and it has just been posted on the from page at We’re very excited to see her work get the attention it deserves! Asha opens with mentioning the whales in Cape Cod bay, a place close to home for us.


You can see it at:

Here story at Nation Geographic:

And her Open Explorer expedition:


Asha @ TED

Asha @ TED

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The Stern

The Stern

On January 1st, Richard and I fabricated a special rigging for the GoPro using PVC and a rail mount. The new mount would allow us to secure the camera over the side of the kayak, and position it facing in any direction using the two universal joints.

With the new camera mount, we went for a second visit to the remains of the 1873 British bark Bessie Rogers on Saturday. With the camera attached to the kayak, facing down and set to take photos every seconds, I paddled over to the wreck.

I broke up the area into four lanes. Once a lane was completed, since the camera was mounted on the starboard side, I turned around and repeated the lane. The entire wreck took about a half hour or more to cover. In the end we collected over 2000 photos


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Bioluminescence in New England

Panellus StipticusBefore the mid-1800s, most people dwelled in places where the night often brought complete blackness. If a person ventured outside at night, there would be times when they stumbled on a world of luminous organisms living in our forests and bays. Some of these instances could be frightening and have been the origin of local lore.

We now live in an age of illumination and have lost touch with the strange world of bioluminescence. The dark conditions needed are now eliminated by the light pollution around us. Because of this, most people are only aware of one of the six members of this microcosm, the firefly.

In 2015 we plan to hunt down all of New England creatures that exhibit bioluminosity. Though we will start with the familiar firefly, our journey will take us from the sea to the dark swamps and forests. Using our OpenROV and being patient explorers, we hope to capture photos and images of these amazing organisms in their natural habitats.


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A fellow explorer Asha has taken on a big project in a place where science is under funded. She’s on a mission to reduce blue whale death by ship-strike in the Indian Ocean and she needs our help. Any small contribution you can make by through a donation or helping to spread the word would be greatly appreciated!

Lets show them that we can make a difference through crowd funding important work like Asha’s! Please take the time read about her expedition & share this post on you blog or FB page.


Saving blue whales from ship-strike in the Indian Ocean!

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Friday, Nov. 28th at 11am, I will be appearing on “The Good American” on WEMF ( in Boston, Massachusetts for an interview.

I hope you’ll all join us as we share details about what we do and how it all started. I’ll be speaking about the recent projects and expeditions we’ve been working on, including our current work on the H.F. Payton and OpenROV!

Also check out our latest update on the progress of the ROV build and the H.F Payton Expedition at OpenExplorer!


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Our weekend started off great when found what we believe might be the original Granite Monster. We met with my brother Steve and discussed the issue of the block being upside down. When we hit problems like this Steve always seems to be able to pull a solution out of his hat, and as usual he did. We have made plans to lift up the corner of the granite block using special tools suited for difficult jobs. With the block tightly seat on a bed of small rocks, difficult is an understatement. If ll goes well we’ll soon be able to see if we found the correct granite block.

We updated the rep from the Lighthouse museum on what we found. We also shared our recent 3D model we did of the blocks on the rocky shoreline. He liked the model so much he is interested in using them on a touch screen kiosk they have at the museum. We’re now shopping around for a tool that will host and display the models for the museum visitors interact with and enjoy.


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The OpenROV(#1517) arrived today! This kit was provided by David Lang and Eric Stackpole at OpenROV (, and made possible by a sponsorship from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ( I’d like to thank them again for supporting our expedition!


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Sept 27th we made a second visit to Beavertail and it was a good day. We were able to look at a manuscript concerning the schooner H.F. Payton and its demise. Following our visit to the historical society library we headed down to the southern point to once again walk the shore during low time. With the new information in hand we felt confident we’d find the block.

As we waited for low tide to arrive, we reexamined the areas we had already searched. We also took the time to test a new underwater filer we had just gotten for the GoPro.

At the peak of low tide we began where we had started on on Sept 21st and proceeded south this time. About a quarter mile into our quest, we found the blocks.


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Granite Monsters Ms Dreadful and I headed down to Conanicut Island to inspect the shore where the schooner H F Payton sank in 1859. It had been carrying 140 cut granite stones with unique Fleur-d-Lis design carved into them. Some thought the design resembled a squid, and referred to them as the granite monsters. The H F Payton had been headed for Washington D.C. and the stones were thought to be intended to be used for a mausoleum.

The 1938 hurricane hurled some of the granite monsters up on the shore, and in the past you could find a few at low tide. We were trying to locate what remains of them. Our gaol was to try to confirm the location of these blocks. Once we’ve accomplished that we’ll then start working on acquiring an OpenRov. With the ROV we hope to find where the rest of the blocks and the other cargo of the H F Payton now rests below the waves.


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Expedition Granted

New England Explorers has applied for a grant through National Geographic’s program ‘Expedition Granted.’ If our expedition is granted we’ll put together a team of the most skilled explorers in the northeast and hunt down some of the most elusive locations lost to history, reveal new natural wonders and explore the stranger side of our early history.


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