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Scientist Chris German on a successful AUV Sentry mission when the science team could not travel to sea

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(Graphic by Riley Orlando, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
A pregnant woman in a pink dress lifts a female toddler in a pink dress while a man in a black coast and white pants smiles at them. They are on a sunny beach with buildings, mountains and the ocean in the background.
In a first study of its kind, WHOI scientists have established a clear relationship between rising temperatures and the frequency and volume of the sound emitted by snapping shrimp. Snapping shrimp, which create a pervasive crackling noise that sounds like bacon frying, are among the loudest marine animals. Image credit: Tom Kleindinst/© Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Outcrop of carbonate-altered mantle rock in the San Andreas Fault area. A recent study shows that carbon sequestration in mantle rocks may prevent large earthquakes in parts of the San Andreas Fault. (Photo by Frieder Klein, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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An Arctica islandica shell perches on the railing of the ESS Pursuit during a research cruise in the Mid-Atlantic Bight, south of the Gulf of Maine. A new WHOI co-led study finds that rapid Gulf of Maine warming has reversed long-term cooling that occurred there within the last 900 years. Image credit: Nina Whitney/ © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Deep sea explorer, author, and conservationist Edith Widder visited Woods Hole in June 2022. The event, A Conversation with Edie Widder, was presented by The Yawkey Foundation. (Photo by Daniel Cojanu/UnderCurrent Productions © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
AUV <em>Orpheus</em> on one of its first test dives off the coast of New England. (Marine Imaging Technologies, LLC © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Conversation between Peter de Menocal and Margaret Low, WBUR CEO. (Daniel Hentz, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
On July 21, 2022, <em>Alvin</em> swimmers Molly Smith and Rick Sanger signal main latch release before deployment. The sub is preparing to make the deepest dive ever in its 58-year history, north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
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A new hydrothermal vent was dscovered in 2021 by a collaborative WHOI co-led team. Sulfide structures at the YBW-Sentry vent field have yellow iron staining, and host white Bythograeid crabs. Image credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Deep Submergence Facility, remotely operated vehicle Jason team, WHOI-MISO Facility, National Science Foundation.
WHOI-developed technology in passive acoustic buoys play an important role in protecting marine animals. On Tuesday, July 20, 2022, a new monitoring buoy was deployed off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia. ©CMA CGM
(Luis Lamar, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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A safety diver clears HOV <em>Alvin</em> before a dive in 2018. (Photo by Luis Lamar, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Fishers from the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation/WHOI Shelf Research Fleet prepare to collect data using an instrument that measures temperature and salinity. This work gives rise to WHOI-led study that shows an increase in warm water intrusions along the Mid-Atlantic Bight. (From L to R: Sean Daly, Victor Garcia, Jay Winchenbach) Image credit: Jim Violet
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