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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.


Are fish the real climate heroes? 🐟Scientists estimate #OceanTwilightZone creatures may help shuttle billions of tons of carbon annually into the ocean depths, away from the atmosphere. #WHOI scientist Ken Buesseler made an appearance on @NPR to explain why that may be the case. Dive deeper at #linkinbio 🌊  #ClimateHeroes⁠
📸 @UndercurrentVideo⁠
#WHOI microbiologist @julesdeep takes you back to the #DoradoOutcrop, site of the original #octopusgarden discovery 10 years ago. She’s sailing on the @schmidtocean ship #FalkorToo with a high-power team of hydrogeologists, microbiologists, ecologists, and geochemists to better understand conditions in these vibrant, life-giving seamounts. ⁠
📲 See the #linkinbio to follow the journey!⁠
#OctoOdyssey #DeepLife⁠
📸 courtesy of Schmidt Ocean Institute
🌊 Does someone on your holiday shopping list love the #ocean? Show them you care, too, with the gift of a #WHOI membership!⁠
🐋 WHOI members are passionate about marine conservation and science. Join them in making a lasting impact: a healthier, more sustainable ocean for generations to come. ⁠
🎁 This holiday season, give the gift of membership! Visit the link in bio for details.⁠
#GiftTheOcean #ATreasureWorthSharing


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.