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Settling Behavior

Settling Behavior

Marine reserves promote coral reef sustainability by preventing overfishing and increasing fish abundance and diversity. But to be effective, they need to be sized right, and in a way […]

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A Titanic Task

A Titanic Task

WHOI lift operator Dana Hackett prepares the personnel sphere from the human-occupied vehicle Alvin for transport to Simi Valley, California. The titanium sphere, which was replaced in 2012, […]

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Cone of Sound

Cone of Sound

WHOI’s newest research vessel Neil Armstrong is among the first ships in the U.S. research fleet outfitted with a EK80 sonar system. Like a fish-finder, it emits sound […]

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WHOI and World War II

WHOI and World War II

Al Woodcock (left) and an unidentified colleague test a device used to study the effectiveness of smoke screens to protect troops during beach landings in World War II. Woodcock […]

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Divers in the Midst

Divers in the Midst

In February 2017, WHOI’s Dive Operations Manager Edward O’Brien (right) and visiting diver Giorgio Caramanna work in murky 39-degree water south of Martha’s Vineyard to deploy an instrument for […]

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Deep-Sea Circulation

Deep-Sea Circulation

WHOI engineer Brian Hogue assembles a new aluminum frame around a Nobska MAVS-4 acoustic current meter. The frame helps to minimize turbulence around the current meter once it is […]

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Where Plastic Went

Where Plastic Went

Surface currents flow clockwise in the North Atlantic Ocean, forming the circular pattern called the North Atlantic subtropical gyre (black contour line). In 2010, scientist Kara Lavender Law of the […]

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A Buried Past

A Buried Past

WHOI researchers are trying to better understand future storms by studying the past, such as the hurricane of 1938, which devastated Cape Cod and killed hundreds. As a hurricane […]

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Holding It Together

Holding It Together

WHOI engineering assistant Chris Basque splices wires from an electromechanical (EM) chain—the large black rubber tube—to a black-and-blue coiled “pigtail” cable. This EM chain is part of a surface mooring […]

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Shrimp and Mussel Stew

Shrimp and Mussel Stew

Shrimp swarms and abundant mussels populate the Logatchev hydrothermal vent field about 3,000 meters (more than 9,800 feet) deep on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, about halfway between the Caribbean Sea […]

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Bad Sign on a Good Beach

Bad Sign on a Good Beach

You never want to see a sign like this on a beach, especially right before the traditional Memorial Day start of summer. The waters off beaches are regularly tested […]

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