USF and Florida Institute of Oceanography acquires a ‘Taurus’ for the sea

Researchers at University of South Florida and Florida Institute of Oceanography have acquired an operated vehicle, appropriately named Taurus, for deep sea exploration.

Taurus can dive up to 2.5 miles deep, allowing for exploration of some of the most remote areas of the ocean, and can use 4k imagery to capture pictures of potential new species.

USF, the host institution of FIO, is the only university in the continental United States to own an ROV with the advanced capabilities of Taurus.

The ROV was designed and built by Pelagic Research Services and will be housed aboard the Research Vessel Western Flyer, a 117-foot twin-hulled ship.

Taurus is envisioned to be used to conduct new research, in deep-sea environments, and train the next generation of marine scientists.

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