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Ocean Encounters: The Arctic

The far north is feeling the heat from climate change more than anywhere else on Earth, with rising temperatures and melting ice putting increasing pressure on marine life, ocean currents, and human lives and livelihoods. Join us as we talk with scientists studying Earth’s northernmost regions and learn how changes in the Arctic affect the rest of our planet.

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WHOI robotics class sets sail

A few lucky Massachusetts high school students charted a new course during a robotics class with WHOI engineers Molly Curran and Fran Elder aboard the Sea Education Association sailing school vessel Corwith Cramer. Find out what they learned during this spring vacation course!

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A tale of two schooners

Following a 1902 collision off the Massachusetts coast, the coal schooners Frank A. Palmer and the Louise B. Crary now exist as one intertwined wreck, captured by here side-scan sonar in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

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Conservation matters

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.”

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Crossata alba jellyfish

Delicate jellyfish such as this Crossota alba thrive in the Ocean Twilight Zone, where no wind, waves, or turbulence can tear them apart. In spite of their fragility, these gelatinous animals are often successful predators

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Albert Szent-Györgyi

Albert Szent-Györgyi was a Hungarian-born scientist who spent much of his career at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. He won the Nobel Prize in 1937 for his research […]

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Sphere implosion

A crushed subsurface flotation sphere is pulled from the Southern Atlantic Ocean in 2018. As part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative Global Argentine Basin Array, the sphere was part of […]

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Top predator loss of habitat?

A study published in Science Advances by researchers at WHOI, San Diego State University, and NOAA Fisheries Service sounds an alarm bell for fisheries management in the Northwest Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Led by WHOI marine ecologist Camrin Braun, the researchers predict that economically and ecologically important marine predators (sharks, tuna, and billfish) will lose or shift away from up to 70% of their current habitat due to climate-driven warming of the ocean. Learn more at go.whoi.edu/fish-habitat-loss

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Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean

Mai huli ‘oe I kokua o ke kai!

This Hawaiian proverb, meaning “never turn your back on the ocean” was popularized by Olympic swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku. It has reminded […]

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Spitsbergen Walruses

While observing walrus from the shore of Amsterdam Island in Spitsbergen, Norway, several males kept coming closer to the photographer, Aurora Lampson.

“It seemed like they were just as curious of […]

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Coral Landscape

It’s not a mountain landscape viewed from above. It’s actually Pavona varians, or “corrugated coral,” photographed under a microscope! This hard-skeleton coral sends tiny white filaments out to snare and […]

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Albert Einstein

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons for existence.
-Albert Einstein

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Marlon and Dana: Between Two Robots

You’ve seen the comedy talk show Between Two Ferns. Now check out BETWEEN TWO ROBOTS, where kids grill #WHOI scientists about the #OceanTwilightZone. In this episode, Marlon interviews #WHOI engineer Dana Yoerger, a/k/a the “father of Mesobot,” about what this yellow deep-sea robot tastes like… and what it sees in the dimly-lit #OceanTwilightZone.

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Ocean: Impossible | Meet ChemYak

The deep ocean is a cold, dark, vast, and frankly, dangerous place for human beings. That’s why we need ocean robots to help us– in some cases, guide us– on our quest to explore the depths.

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Ocean: Impossible | Meet CUREE

The deep ocean is a cold, dark, vast, and frankly, dangerous place for human beings. That’s why we need ocean robots to help us– in some cases, guide us– on our quest to explore the depths.

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Ocean: Impossible | Meet Jason

The deep ocean is a cold, dark, vast, and frankly, dangerous place for human beings. That’s why we need ocean robots to help us– in some cases, guide us– on our quest to explore the depths.

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Ocean: Impossible | Meet Orpheus

The deep ocean is a cold, dark, vast, and frankly, dangerous place for human beings. That’s why we need ocean robots to help us– in some cases, guide us– on our quest to explore the depths.

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