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Odyssey's Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure Drops Anchor At The Detroit Science Center

Tampa, FL - March 25, 2008 - Odyssey Marine Exploration (NasdaqCM: OMEX), the world leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, has dropped anchor at the Detroit Science Center where it opened its SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure exhibit on Saturday, March 22, 2008. After previous successful engagements in New Orleans and Tampa, Detroit represents the third destination of Odyssey's multi-media traveling exhibit. The show is scheduled to run through September 1, 2008.

The interactive, multi-generational exhibit features hundreds of artifacts from several of Odyssey's shipwreck recoveries, and 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.

"We are very happy to bring SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure to Detroit for its first visit to the Midwest, and to partner with the Detroit Science Center which is a highly experienced producer of blockbuster exhibits. As our previous engagements have shown, the public's interest in our work of deep-ocean exploration and in shipwreck artifacts is tremendous. With this new destination, we have reached yet another milestone in our vision to share our treasures and knowledge with the public through a wide variety of channels," said Mark Gordon, President of Odyssey.

"The public response to this exhibition has been phenomenal," said Todd Slisher, Detroit Science Center VP of Science Programs. "More than 1,000 Detroit Science Center members experienced it during a sneak peek last week and we're looking forward to a successful showing here in Detroit."

The exhibit displays authentic artifacts from many different shipwrecks, with a spotlight on treasures and artifacts of the SS Republic. 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.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Detroit Science Center's website at

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 recently ended its successful seven month engagement at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry and is currently on display at the Detroit Science Center. 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 Syst�mes 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 ext. 2553.

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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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