the Bahama Deep, at the edge of an Island Nation

OO has engaged in field programs thoughout the Bahamas for more than 20 years, as it provides the ideal proving ground for experimental technologies and techniques for advanced diving.

Support has been provided by…

  • Lombardi Undersea LLC
  • National Geographic Society
  • Waitt Grants Program
  • Bahamas Marine EcoCentre
  • Perry Institute for Marine Science
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Connecticut
  • Molecular Products
  • Shearwater Research
  • GMS Concepts


While we call the Ocean State our home, the Island Nation is at the heart our humble beginnings.

The island nation of the Bahamas lies at the center of a long and impressive maritime history, stemming from ancient civilization as one proposed site of Atlantis. Centuries later, Columbus first set foot in ‘The New World’ on the island of San Salvador. In the 20th century, the region was explored by Cousteau and other early pioneers in diving and exploration – inspiring continued work by Forfar, Birch, Benjamin, Palmer, and others. In the 60’s and 70’s, the Bahamas served as the testing ground for a number of innovations in advanced manned diving systems. This includes the work of Perry, Link, and Starck with work on both manned submersibles, and undersea habitats. This pivotal work lead to the formation of NOAA’s Undersea Research Program, and a half century legacy of productive marine science on Lee Stocking Island – where we were born.

Lining the margins of this island nation are deep flanking vertical walls which plummet into the abyss, providing the gateway from our terrestrial world to a new frontier for humanity.

“Spooky,” is the conclusive and quite fitting term used by David Campbell to describe these deep vertical walls in his 1978 book, The Ephemeral Islands. Today, this ‘Bahama Deep’ continues to capture the minds and imagination of many, as this environment is just beginning to reveal the secrets that perhaps created our calling to the deep.

Today, we return to the region to continue with training and proficiency in experimental diving techniques, while incubating a number of deep science interests of our collaborators.

Oceans of Opportunity, in just one inspirational minute

On May 8th, 2002 Lombardi descended to 300 feet/ 90 meters depth in Exuma Sound and collected a number of marine specimens. Later scientific studies revealed that 12 were new species, never before described for science, with 6 providing chemical clues into combatting cancer and other human disease.

Imagine the potential of ‘the 9th minute’.

Help us make that 9th mintue a reality through our programs in science, technology, and society.

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a Deep & Dark Halloween

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Classroom Under the Sea | Diving In

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