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Odyssey's SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure Exhibit Sets Sail for Science Museum Oklahoma

Tampa, FL — October 8, 2008 - Odyssey Marine Exploration (NasdaqCM: OMEX), the world leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, announced today that following a successful engagement at the Detroit Science Center, its “SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure” exhibit will next drop anchor at Science Museum Oklahoma (SMO) in Oklahoma City, OK from October 22, 2008 through May 31, 2009.

This 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. The exhibit features hundreds of artifacts recovered from actual Odyssey deep-ocean archaeological excavations which tell captivating stories about each shipwreck and life during that time.

"We’re thrilled to present our “SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure” exhibit at Science Museum Oklahoma among its diverse permanent collection of interactive and historic exhibits and programs. With its family-oriented programming and its experience hosting a successful Titanic exhibit in 2003 and the world-renowned Bodies exhibit in 2008, we are confident that SMO will prove to be yet another outstanding host in our line-up of prestigious science museums and science centers around the country to showcase our treasures,” said Mark Gordon, Odyssey’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

‘We are very pleased to be able to host an exhibit of this caliber,” said Don Otto, President and CEO of Science Museum Oklahoma. “The mission of our museum is to reveal the wonder and relevance of science to all who visit. ‘SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure’ fits perfectly into that goal by expertly bringing to life the use of scientific methods for research and exploration, then revealing the joy of discovery. Our visitors from Oklahoma and the surrounding region will not only learn something new but have a very enjoyable experience as well.”

“We are looking forward to our collaboration with SMO, and we are greatly appreciative of the excellent work our last host venue, the Detroit Science Center, has done to feature and promote our exhibit. All our past engagements, in New Orleans, Tampa, and most recently Detroit, have shown that the public’s interest in deep-ocean exploration and shipwrecks remains very high, and Oklahoma City will be another chance for us to continue to share the excitement of our work with the public,” added Mr. Gordon.

Authentic artifacts from many different shipwrecks are displayed in the exhibit, but the spotlight is on the treasures and artifacts of the SS Republic, which represented the greatest shipwreck treasure of the Civil War era. The Republic sank in 1865 while transporting a fortune in gold and

silver and much needed supplies to rebuild the war-ravaged South. Odyssey discovered the wreck of the Republic nearly 1,700 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean in the summer of 2003 and recovered more than 51,000 gold and silver coins, and approximately 14,000 additional artifacts in the world's most extensive deep-ocean archaeological excavation.

Guests are also given a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the research and technology used to locate shipwrecks and can get involved in a hands-on manner in many ways, such as testing their dexterity using a manipulator arm to pick up coins one at a time and identifying artifacts as they are located on the sea floor.

Ticket and exhibit information is available online at www.ScienceMuseumOK.org.


About Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX) is engaged in the exploration of deep-ocean shipwrecks and uses innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology to conduct extensive 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 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.

 

About Science Museum Oklahoma

Science Museum Oklahoma, the state’s only science museum and Smithsonian affiliate, enriches people’s lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science. With more than 350 hands-on science exhibits and inquiry-based educational programs, planetarium, and dome theater, Science Museum Oklahoma provides an engaging and enlightening experience for visitors of all ages. The museum is located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at 2100 NE 52nd Street in Oklahoma City. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (405) 602-6664 or visit the Web site at ScienceMuseumOK.org.

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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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