Ocean Today Full Moon Watch Party! - Deep Ocean Exploration

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First Ever Full Moon Watch Party!

Deep Ocean Exploration, Thursday May 7, 2pm Eastern Time (30 min.)

Watch Party

Wishing for a field trip? Grab your popcorn and join us LIVE! May 7, (full moon) @ 2pm EDT for a virtual deep dive. The Watch Party is for all ages and will include;

  • Incredible footage of underwater creatures and out of this world habitats.
  • Fun Hands-on activities you can do at home!

Join Ocean Today host Symone Barkley, ocean explorer Debi Blaney and Oceanographer Amanda Netburn as we explore the deep ocean.

Register Now and join us this full moon for our Ocean Today Watch Party on Thursday, May 7,  at 2pm Eastern Time. (30 minutes)


Debi Demo

Deep Ocean Exploration PREP MATERIALS 

Watch Party Hands on Activities

Ocean Zones (PDF)

Make your own Deep Sea Vent! (PDF)


Ocean Today Host - Symone Barkley

Symone has studied algae, blue crabs, sand tiger and sandbar sharks over the years. Even with her exciting research experience, Symone’s passion for educating young people remains at the forefront of her priorities. She is proud to be supporting students and teachers in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland through her work at National Aquarium and across the country with NOAA Ocean Today.

Debi Blaney

Ocean educator Debi Blaney 

Debi Blaney is an ocean explorer, scientist, and education outreach specialist. A native of Germany, she started her education in Dortmund and Münster, Germany. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University. Debi has extensive experience in neuro-scientific research, as well as science education and outreach in the fields of space and ocean exploration. Since early 2016, Debi has worked as a Senior Education and Outreach Specialist at NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research to help improve ocean literacy and inspire future generations of explorers and scientists.


Oceanographer, Amanda Netburn Ph.D

Amanda N. Netburn, Ph.D., is an Oceanographer at NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, where she serves as a Program Manager for ocean exploration grants and leads efforts to advance exploration in the water column. Amanda has a PhD in Oceanography and a Masters degree in Marine Conservation and Biodiversity from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. In the past, Amanda has researched sustainable seafood at a non-governmental organization, taught SCUBA, captained small boats, and worked in aquaculture. She has sailed on fifteen oceanographic cruises, and uses submersible technologies, acoustics, and trawling to explore the deep open ocean..