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Best of 2023WHOI's best of 2023

Our work is as vast as the ocean we study.

From the icy poles to the dark abyss, WHOI is driving ocean understanding, leading solutions, and sharing our knowledge (and tales of adventure) with you.

Here’s to another year working for our ocean, our planet, and our future.

WHOI's Top 5 stories of 2023

Our science answers pressing questions.

This year you read our fact-checkers on coral reef recovery and massive ocean currents and learned about sea-roiling volcanoes and underwater robots that grow increasingly intelligent.

WHOI's Top 5 videos of 2023

1. Titanic

We present deep sea magic on the small screen.

You binged on archival footage from Alvin’s exploration of the Titanic, rode through the gleaming ocean twilight zone, and watched an endangered North Atlantic right whale swim with her calf.

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Jaws movie set

#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 Woods Hole seeking help with their blasting permit. Thanks to his time with the US Navy and experience with seismic research at WHOI, Edwards knew exactly how to plant dynamite in the mechanical shark prop, creating that unforgettable explosive scene.

Photo by Cliff Winget © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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It was just a normal day in the #ROVJason control van in May 2009. The remotely-operated vehicle was just beginning its descent to the #WestMataVolcano, located offshore of #Samoa. 🌋 And that's when the first-ever recording of a #volcanic #eruption on the seafloor was captured!⁠

Jason dives have yielded no shortage of breathtaking underwater landscapes and adventure stories–check out three of the most memorable at the link in bio!⁠

Courtesy of Joe Resing, University of Washington


WHOI's Top 5 Ocean Topics of 2023

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This year you delved into the 1985 discovery of the Titanic, explored ocean zones, and got the scoop on ocean acidification.


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