Odyssey's Record-Breaking Recovery to be Featured on Discovery Channel

Odyssey's Record-Breaking Recovery to be Featured on Discovery Channel

               **SILVER RUSH Premieres February 12 at 10pm ET**

**Emmy® Award-winning JWM Productions Produced Prime Time Three-Part Series**

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Odyssey Marine Exploration,
Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX), pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, will be
featured on Discovery Channel's SILVER RUSH, a series premiering on February
12 at 10 PM ET.

Film crews for the Discovery Channel series were onboard Odyssey's ships
during 2012 operations and captured the record-breaking recovery of 48 tons of
silver bullion from the Gairsoppa site. JWM Productions, the company that
produced Discovery Channel's TREASURE QUEST also featuring Odyssey, produced
the three-part series that showcases Odyssey's work on the Gairsoppa, Mantola
and Victory during 2012.

"Part of our mission is to share the excitement of what we do with the general
public. 2012 was a special year for our team as we set out to conduct recovery
operations on a shipwreck that was over three miles deep – deeper than the
Titanic and something that had never been accomplished before," said Mark
Gordon, Odyssey President and COO. "Our team successfully accomplished the
record-breaking recovery of 48 tons of silver bullion - the heaviest and
deepest recovery of precious metals in history."

"Seeking and discovering shipwrecks is fascinating and challenging so to
witness the trials and triumphs of the crew hundreds of miles off shore makes
gripping television. SILVER RUSH will give viewers a first-hand look at the
planning, precise maneuvering of advanced robotics three miles deep, and the
ingenuity of the team," said JWM President Jason Williams. "Finding the
shipwreck was a sensational news story, but the story of this team's 'never
give up' attitude to carry out the operation that took place this year is what
I think will really captivate the audience."

About JWM Productions

JWM Productions' multiple Emmy Award-winning team has consistently produced
some of the highest-rated and most immersive non-fiction programming on
television. Founded in 1996 by Bill Morgan and Jason Williams, the company has
produced well over 250 hours of high-quality programming and has been
distributed into every broadcast market worldwide.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq:DISCA) (Nasdaq:DISCB) (Nasdaq:DISCK) is the
world's No. 1 nonfiction media company, reaching more than 1.5 billion
cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to
explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide
networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel,
Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and
educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital
media services including HowStuffWorks.com. Discovery Communications is owned
by Discovery Holding Company (Nasdaq:DISCA) (Nasdaq:DISCB), Advance/Newhouse
Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery's founder and chairman. For
more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

About Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX) is engaged in deep-ocean
exploration using innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology. The
Company is a world leader in shipwreck exploration, conducting extensive
search and archaeological recovery operations on deep-ocean shipwrecks around
the world. Odyssey also has a minority ownership stake in Neptune Minerals, a
company focused on discovering and commercializing high-value mineral deposits
from the ocean floor and in Chatham Rock Phosphate, Ltd, a company focused on
discovering and commercializing seabed deposits of rock phosphate and other
minerals. Odyssey also provides contracting services, including proprietary
deep-ocean expertise and equipment, to governments and companies around the
world.

Odyssey offers various ways to share in the excitement of deep-ocean
exploration by making shipwreck treasures and artifacts available to the
general public, students, and collectors through its webstore, exhibits,
books, television, merchandise, educational programs and virtual museum
located at www.OdysseysVirtualMuseum.com. The company also maintains a
Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/OdysseyMarine and a Twitter feed
@OdysseyMarine.

Following previous successful engagements in New Orleans, Tampa, Detroit,
Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Baltimore, Sarasota, San Antonio, and Hot Springs,
Odyssey's SHIPWRECK! exhibit is currently on display at the Museum of Science,
Boston.

For details on Odyssey's activities and its commitment to the preservation of
maritime heritage please visit www.shipwreck.net.

The Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7185

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 Part I, Item
1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31,
2011, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACT: Liz Shows
         Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.
         (813) 876-1776 x 2335
         lshows@shipwreck.net

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