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Odyssey's SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure Exhibit To Move To Detroit Science Center

Current engagement at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry ending February 10

Tampa, FL - January 31, 2008 - Odyssey Marine Exploration (NasdaqCM: OMEX), the world's leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, is pleased to announce that its traveling exhibit SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will soon move to the Detroit Science Center in Detroit, Michigan. The exhibit is scheduled to open on March 24 and run through September 1, 2008.

Currently on display at the Tampa, FL Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) through February 10, 2008, the interactive multi-media exhibit allows children and adults to learn about the history of shipwrecks and pirates, and also experience the research, search, archaeological recovery and conservation involved in the quest for deep-sea knowledge and treasures.

"After our successful engagement in Tampa, we are very excited to bring Odyssey's SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure exhibit to Detroit. The Detroit Science Center, with its emphasis on science and technology and its outstanding infrastructure for hosting high profile events, is a great venue for our exhibit," said Greg Stemm, Odyssey Chairman and CEO.

"The Detroit Science Center is thrilled to be bringing this exhibition to Detroit for its first Midwest engagement," said Todd Slisher, Detroit Science Center VP of Science Programs. "SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure presents such a wonderful blend of historic artifacts, sunken treasure and hands-on, educational, interactive elements that there is truly something here for everyone to enjoy."

While the exhibit displays authentic artifacts from many different shipwrecks, the spotlight is on treasures and artifacts of the SS Republic. This Civil War-era ship sank during a hurricane off the coast of Georgia in 1865. Odyssey discovered the wreck of the Republic nearly 1,700 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean in the summer of 2003 - nearly 138 years after the ship went down. More than 51,000 gold and silver coins, and approximately 14,000 additional artifacts, were recovered in the world's most extensive deep-ocean archaeological excavation.

In addition to having the opportunity to closely inspect shipwreck artifacts, exhibit visitors will also get to experience the various steps in shipwreck exploration. In a fascinating behind-the-scenes look, guests can use research and technology to locate shipwrecks, pilot a real robot submersible, test their dexterity using a manipulator arm to pick up coins one at a time and identify artifacts as they are located on the sea floor.

Detroit is the exhibit's third stop after its New Orleans premiere in 2005, which was temporarily interrupted by hurricane Katrina, and its current engagement in Tampa.

About Odyssey Marine Exploration

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX) is engaged in the exploration of deep-water shipwrecks and uses innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology to conduct extensive deep-ocean search and archaeological recovery operations around the world. Odyssey discovered the Civil War era shipwreck of the SS Republic in 2003 and recovered over 50,000 coins and 14,000 artifacts from the site nearly 1,700 feet deep. In May 2007, the Company announced the largest historic deep-ocean treasure recovery of over 500,000 silver and gold coins, weighing 17 tons, from a Colonial era site code-named "Black Swan." Odyssey has several shipwreck projects in various stages of development around the world.

Odyssey offers various ways to share in the excitement of deep-ocean exploration by making shipwreck treasures and artifacts available to collectors, the general public and students through its webstore, exhibits, books, videos, merchandise, and educational programs. Odyssey's "SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure" exhibit is currently on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, FL until February 10, 2008. For details on the Company's activities and its commitment to the preservation of maritime heritage please visit

About the Detroit Science Center

The Detroit Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires its visitors to pursue and support careers in engineering, technology and science. The Science Center features Michigan's only IMAX® Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systémes Planetarium; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; an 8,700 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; the United States Steel Fun Factory; a children's gallery for pint-size scientists; and a Special Events Lobby. The Science Center has served more than 2.1 million visitors since its grand re-opening on July 28, 2001. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website,

For additional information, please contact Natja Igney, Odyssey's Manager of Corporate Communications, at 813-876-1776.

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Odyssey Marine Exploration believes the information set forth in this Press Release may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. Certain factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are set forth in "Risk Factors" in the Part I, Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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