2019 – What A Year!

2019 was the true beginning of the Pentarius project, though the initial inception occurred many years ago. Multiple missions, numerous countries, various vessels, thousands of miles at sea… What a first year! First up was the final commissioning of the mothership, readying her at the SugarDock boatyard in California for potentially years abroad. Then, leaving…

First Dive in Okinawa, A Reprise

It was a two day trip from Shanghai to Naha, the capital city of the Japanese island Okinawa, and after arriving the team gathered ashore to discuss the first weekend of diving with the Super Falcon, Polaris. At 446 square miles, Okinawa is the smallest of Japan’s five main islands, but the largest of the…

Project Deep Ocean Disease

In the Pentarius Project, not all of the science is done in the subs. In a partnership with the University of Florida, the team has arranged to collect and sample fish, isopods, and crustaceans at all points alongside our deep-sea exploration. The goal of this research is to search for new mutations and diseases among…

Spreading the word in China

The Pentarius team has had a fabulous couple of days in China meeting and speaking with everyone here at the World Ocean Conference and the Xiamen International Boat Show, and spreading the word about the project and our missions. The sub Polaris was on display on board the mothership in the harbor, sub pilot Chris…

Polaris unites with the mothership

The union is complete! The technicians are finished ashore, now Polaris is united with the mothership, happily settled into her spot onboard and we are off to China. Polaris is a Deepflight Superfalcon submersible, designed by the famous marine engineer Graham Hawkes, capable of reaching depths of 300 feet at speeds of 200 ft/min. Polaris…