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Field of Stars

Field of Stars

Scientists exploring off the south coast of Fernandina Island in the Gálapagos archipelago recently saw and imaged this field of sea stars at about 280 meters (919 feet) deep. […]

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Fierce Fish

Fierce Fish

In the early years of using moored instruments to gather information about the ocean, many moorings sustained damage that some researchers attributed to bites from fish. Not everyone was convinced, […]

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Bottled Water

Bottled Water

Water-collecting cylinders known as Niskin bottles stand ready, their spring-loaded caps open at both ends. Niskin bottles are most often attached to a CTD rosette sampler—a frame holding a […]

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Surprising Swarm

Surprising Swarm

During a dive in a manned submersible, researchers studying biodiversity at the Hannibal Bank Seamount came across an unexpected sight—thousands of red crabs in low-oxygen waters swarming like insects […]

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Atlantis Rising

Atlantis Rising

The research vessel Neil Armstrong is by no means the first connection between the exploration of space and the ocean. The nation’s first research vessel, WHOI’s R/V Atlantis, gave its […]

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High Honor

High Honor

In 2011, leaders of Congress presented gold medals to the crewmembers of Apollo 11, the 1969 journey commanded by astronaut Neil Armstrong that culminated with man’s first steps on […]

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Play Time

Play Time

A Pacific white-sided dolphin swims alongside the research vessel Atlantis during an October 2006 cruise off the Oregon coast. Pacific white-sided dolphins and their Atlantic counterparts are known as […]

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Serpentine Style

Serpentine Style

It’s not a miniature serpent—scientists found this glassy planktonic worm in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. A relative of earthworms, it uses its red-tipped swimming paddles to swim through the […]

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Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

In May 1997, the recently launched research vessel R/V Atlantis made its way into New York City during its first year of service. Atlantis continues to be operated by […]

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Fish Stories

Fish Stories

WHOI’s founding director Henry Bryant Bigelow (1879-1967) was one of the giants of U.S. oceanography. His interests spanned both the ocean’s physical characteristics and the natural history of marine […]

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