Does this ROV belong to you?

B_8LlUIXIAEh5H9.jpg-largeJacob Levenson (@JacobLevenson) drew my attention to an expected discovery on a Belizean beach yesterday…a car-sized, remotely operated vehicle (ROV).  Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 10.14.21 AM

The ROV was found on Hol Chan Marine Reserve on a reef in front of Ambergris Caye. It measures almost 12 feet long by 6.6 feet wide and 7 feet high.  Both Andrew Thaler (@SFriedScientist) and I managed to confirm the make and model of the ROV as a Quantum XP ROV.  The distinctive characteristic for me was the replicated diagonal supports on the frame.

B_8j4r3UYAAOfNL.jpg-largeI have followed up on Facebook with a colleague and ROV pilot who is well connected into the community.  He mentioned that the model is common throughout the oil industry although the white foam pack, as opposed to yellow, red, or orange, was pretty distinctive.  But most interesting was this ROV was purchased for near $5 million and that is a conservative amount.  Today my friend is following up with several industry contacts.  Stay tuned for updates as they come in.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

3 Replies to “Does this ROV belong to you?”

  1. Serial numbers from various lights and cameras will identify owner, or at least purchaser of that equipment. Suspect that there would be an SMD serial number somewhere as well…

  2. A Quantum 9 like this one was lost off coast of Trinidad. The former owner was Deeptech Oil Services

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