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Odyssey's President Mark D. Gordon To Keynote At The Detroit Science Center's 2008 Detroit Science Gala

Interactive "SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure" exhibit makes a big splash at DSC

Tampa, FL - April 30, 2008 - Mark D. Gordon, President of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), the world leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2008 Detroit Science Gala hosted by the Detroit Science Center on May 9, 2008. The Detroit Science Center is the current host venue of Odyssey's successful multimedia exhibit "SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure".

The Black Tie event, themed "Explore the Depths of the Detroit Science Center" is expected to be attended by over 650 guests, among them Congressman Joe Knollenberg of Michigan's 9th District, Honorary Host Robert L. Nardelli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler LLC, and local artist Greg Lashbrook. The gala is sponsored and/or supported by the three major Detroit auto manufacturers.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of the Detroit Science Center's Gala, which celebrates engineering, technology and science while showcasing DSC as a world class host of high-profile exhibits such as our current "SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure" exhibit," said Mark D. Gordon, Odyssey's President and Chief Operating Officer. "The Detroit Science Center has done a magnificent job hosting and promoting our exhibit, and we're thrilled with the enthusiastic reception "SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure" has received in Detroit since its opening in March. Following our well-accepted engagement at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry, this success demonstrates yet again the viability of our concept of a traveling exhibit in collaboration with experienced host venues."

"SHIPWRECK is truly among the top traveling exhibits to be hosted here at the Detroit Science Center," said Todd Slisher, the Science Center's Vice President of Science Programs. "By bringing this exhibit to our museum, Odyssey Marine Exploration demonstrates its commitment to our common mission of showcasing technology to inspire future scientists and engineers to pursue further education and careers in those fields," said Slisher.

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. The Detroit Science Center also showcases a visiting exhibit of shipwreck treasures from the Great Lakes to complement Odyssey's treasures from the world oceans.

About Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

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

For additional information, please contact Natja Igney, Odyssey's Manager of Corporate Communications, at 813-876-1776 ext. 2553.

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,

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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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