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R/V Oceanus first mate Diego Mello (left) helps WHOI Postdoc Tim Shanahan get into his 'Gumby' suit.

Safety First

Diego Mello, first mate of the research vessel Oceanus, helps WHOI postdoctoral scholar Tim Shanahan (right) get into his 'Gumby' survival suit during a safety drill. Whether it is your first day at sea or your 500th, every cruise begins with safety drills and orientation—how to respond to fires, medical emergencies, crew overboard, and even basic (but nasty) seasickness.
(Photo by Mar Nieto Cid, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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