Expedition Video Log


In the spring of 2009, the Waitt Institute conducted a massive underwater search for Amelia Earhart’s lost Electra in the remote South Pacific. Dubbed the CATALYST 2 expedition, this search was the largest, continuous deep-water seafloor mapping effort ever undertaken, and introduced two new hi-tech Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to the ocean science community.

This series of films serves as the expedition’s video log. Follow along with the Waitt Institute’s CATALYST 2 expedition team as they embark on a mission to find Amelia Earhart’s lost Electra. Narrated by Waitt Institute Director of Operations, Michael Dessner.

View Video Logs #1-10
View Video Logs #11-20
View Video Logs #21-26

Individual Video List
2.01 – Pago Pago
2.02 – One Last Test
2.03 – Setting Sail
2.04 – Home Sweet Home
2.05 – A New Approach
2.06 – A Tangible Search Grid
2.07 – Trawl Net Test
2.08 – Farming Dots
2.09 – Launching Ginger
2.10 – At-Depth
2.11 – Recovering Mary Ann
2.12 – A Promising Target
2.13 – Gone Fishing
2.14 – New Search Boxes
2.15 – The Daily Grind
2.16 – Disaster Strikes
2.17 – Trawl Net Survivor
2.18 – Secret Weapon
2.19 – Mary Ann Hits Bottom
2.20 – Down For the Count?
2.21 – Mary Ann Phone Home
2.22 – Cataloging Critters
2.23 – Back on Track
2.24 – Plane-Shaped Rocks
2.25 – Too Much Time at Sea?
2.26 – Homeward Bound