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All Aboard the Armstrong

All Aboard the Armstrong

After a tour of WHOI’s research vessel Neil Armstronga group of friends of WHOI stands before the ship’s name on the starboard bow: (From left) General Gordon Sullivan, retired Army […]

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Plastics Adrift

Plastics Adrift

Simulated models of how plastics are transported in the global ocean show that most plastics concentrate in the middle of subtropical gyres (left). However, large-scale ocean circulation systems such […]

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Butterflies of the Ocean

Butterflies of the Ocean

These marine snails are also called “sea butterflies” because of their winglike swimming appendages. Masses of pteropods drift with currents in the open ocean, where they provide food for […]

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Red Sea Mysteries

Red Sea Mysteries

The Red Sea has a number of curious characteristics that are not seen in other oceans. It is extremely warm, surface waters often reach over 86° Fahrenheit, and the waters evaporate […]

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Milestones for Alvin

Milestones for Alvin

The human-occupied submersible Alvin surfaces from a mission to the seafloor circa 1967, three years after the sub was built. Two crewmen assist in the sub’s recovery, as others […]

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In the Nursery

In the Nursery

Bluefin tuna are the largest of all tuna species—adults can reach ten feet in length and weigh more than a thousand pounds. But they start out small, as 2- to […]

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That is a Spat

That is a Spat

All coral colonies start off as a single newly settled polyp, or “spat.” This single polyp grows and divides asexually into thousands of clonal polyps that form a colony. Read More

Small Plate

Small Plate

It’s a simple fact of life in the ocean that there are more small marine animals than large ones, but that it’s easier to tag a large animal than […]

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Frozen PIES

Frozen PIES

From left, WHOI mooring technician Meghan Donohue, University of Oregon professor Dave Sutherland, and WHOI scientist Magdalena Andres deploy an instrument known as PIES—a pressure-sensor equipped inverted echo sounder—in […]

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