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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.

🪸💊🪸Corals–and humans– need specific #micronutrients to develop and resist disease. So could they benefit from taking supplements, just as we do?⁠
WHOI biologist Colleen Hansel is testing this idea by growing various types of #coral on special tiles infused with essential trace minerals. They're monitored in the lab to see how different temperatures and supplement recipes affect their growth.⁠
The goal of this project is to enhance the growth and #resilience of corals, which will increase their ability to survive once replanted onto natural reefs. If successful, the WHOI #ReefSolutions team wants to develop nutrient-infused “paints” that can be applied to any structure to increase the diversity, abundance, and health of coral reefs.⁠
📲 Check out the link in bio to find out how science will #GiveReefsAChance!⁠
📸 by Jayne Doucette © WHOI⁠
🚰⁉️How did oceanographers get a deep-sea water sample in the 1950s?⁠
It wasn't easy. Vaughan Bowen, seen here kneeling aboard the original WHOI research sailboat Atlantis, worked with shop technicians to develop some of the first large-volume water samplers. This first-generation model used vacuum pressure to sample seawater at specific depths. ⁠
While crude by today's standards, the sampler was instrumental to Bowen's studies of how nuclear fission byproducts travel through the ocean. Many countries dumped radioactive waste at sea from the World War II era until an international treaty banning the practice was signed in 1993.⁠
📸 courtesy of WHOI Archives
🪼🦑 How do scientists get a Fitbit on a soft-bodied #jellyfish or #squid? 🤷🏽⁠
Traditional tagging devices are fairly easy to get on lobsters and sharks, but animals with a little more squish– not so much. That's why experts from #WHOI and @mit developed a new, non-invasive #sensor that attaches to gelatinous animals with quick-drying hydrogel!⁠
📲 Find out how they're gettin' sticky with it at the 🔗 in our bio!⁠
📹️ by Rachel Mann ©️ WHOI
Want more #WhereTheWeirdThingsAre? Join us at our Ocean Science Discovery Center this Wednesday at 11:15am to hear the rest of this book– and meet some real-life ocean critters!⁠
📲 Check the bio link for more details about our free and fun April #VacationWeek activities!


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.

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