I enjoyed reading through NOAA's report on the state of ocean exploration. It really does give you a sense of how little we know and how much more there is to explore. There's even a picture of Eric and an early OpenROV prototype next to James Cameron. We're in good company!
I liked the reference to Benjamin Franklin, an underrated amateur ocean scientist...
Since Benjamin Franklin took measurements of what
he called the Gulf Stream on his transatlantic crossings
in 1775 to 1776 and published the first map of it in 1785,
ocean exploration has been part of American greatness
and spirit. May ocean exploration continue as an
inspirational and fruitful part of the American experience.
The full report is here. The NOAA Ocean Exploration website is here.