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Watchful Whit

On Duty

Whit, a seeing-eye dog, keeps close watch over his charge, physical oceanographer Britt Raubenheimer (second from left), as scientists and students check current meters they placed in the "swash zone" at Duck, North Carolina. With Whit’s help, Raubenheimer maintains a full schedule of fieldwork despite experiencing a near-total loss of sight in recent years. She and physical oceanographer Steve Elgar study how wind, waves, tides, and surf constantly re-shape coastlines. This project was part of Melissa Moulton’s doctoral work in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, and was accomplished with the help of four undergraduate "Swashzone Fellows" from around the country. (Photo courtesy of Steve Elgar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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