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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's premier independent organization dedicated exclusively to ocean research, technology, and education. We combine state-of-the-art science, engineering, and ship operations to unravel the mysteries of the deep and devise science-based solutions to planet-wide problems.

#Throwback to 1974, when WHOI marine superintendent Dick Edwards was enlisted as an explosives expert on the set of #JAWS! ⁠
💣While filming on nearby Martha’s Vineyard, the film producers came to #WoodsHole for help with their blasting permit. Thanks to his time with the @usnavy and expertise in seismic research at #WHOI, Edwards knew exactly how to plant #dynamite in the mechanical #shark #prop, creating that unforgettable #explosive scene.⁠
📸 by Cliff Winget © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution⁠
⁉️Did you know that some of the biggest fish in the ocean eat the smallest things?!⁠
Whale sharks, which can grow up to 40 feet long, graze the ocean in search of copepods and plankton. #WHOI-MIT Joint Program student and shark expert Jaida Elcock tells @wbur that there's nothing to fear from these "fin-tastically" large fish– but you should still keep a distance.⁠
📲Check out the guide to the #SharksofMasschusetts at the link in bio!
🗓️Save the date for the amazing #WoodsHoleScienceStroll, just one month away on August 10!⁠
⚓️This fun, free, family-friendly event takes place on Water Street, #WoodsHole from 10am to 3pm, rain or shine. ⁠
🔬🚢🤖⛵️With over a dozen science institutions and non-profits represented, the whole family will enjoy exploring the #research, #technology, #boats, and #maritime history that make this small village world-renowned!⁠
📲Visit the link in our profile to plan your day!
🪼Have you ever been stung by a #boxjelly? If so, you probably know why they're also called #seawasps.⁠
This poisonous #jellyfish is native to the tropics, but they've recently cropped up off the coasts of Florida and New Jersey.⁠
📲 Find out what's driving their migration from #WHOI experts in @usatoday (story 🔗 in bio)! ⁠
#WeirdOcean #KeepItWeird
🦈🎥🍿Join us for special outdoor screening of JAWS, presented by @yawkeyfdns + @woodsholefilmfestival

The movie starts at dusk on the lawn behind Redfield Auditorium (45 Water Street, #WoodsHole). Come early for free popcorn– and discover more about these awesome yet misunderstood ocean predators in a pre-show trivia game!

Bring a blanket or lawn chair! In case of rain, the film will be shown inside Redfield Auditorium.

#WHOI Ocean & Climate Outreach Series events are free and open to the public. For more reasons to #VisitWHOI, check our calendar:

#VisitWHOI #Sharks #SharksAreAwesome


WHOI is at the forefront of groundbreaking science and technology development, unlocking the mysteries of our ocean, its connections to life on Earth, and solutions it may hold to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.

Our scientists and engineers lead more than 800 concurrent projects, tackling some of the most challenging and important problems of our time, from climate change and ocean pollution to sustainable food and energy production.

We operate a fleet of research vessels and vehicles, including two large ships (R/V Neil Armstrong and R/V Atlantis), a smaller coastal research vessel, the iconic human-occupied submersible Alvin, and dozens of other underwater robots.

Through our higher education programs, including the prestigious MIT-WHOI Joint Program, we train new generations of ocean scientists, engineers, and leaders-providing access to cutting edge facilities and unparalleled access to the sea.

WHOI plays a leading role in ocean communications, sharing our insights and knowledge about the ocean to the general public, policymakers, educators, and more, so we can make wise decisions about our ocean, our planet, and our future.


The ocean covers more than 2/3 of Earth's surface and is a fundamental reason why life exists on Earth-but yet many know so little about it. Dive in to learn more about our ocean planet.


For nearly a century, WHOI has been one of the best known and most trusted names in ocean science and exploration. Become a part of the research that shapes our understanding of the ocean, our planet, and life on Earth.