Growing up, Rebecca Walsh Dell lived on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, first in New Hampshire then in California. Though she always liked the beach, she never thought too much about the ocean until she learned as an undergraduate physics student that we still don’t really understand how the ocean works and that hanging out on boats and trying to figure it out was actually a job. She has pursued the research in this article with her Ph.D. advisor, Lawrence Pratt. When she’s not trying to solve the Navier-Stokes Equations, she loves sailing, reading widely, and writing her representatives in Congress. She also has a black belt in Taekwon Do. Her mentor for this article was Ken Kostel, Web writer/editor at WHOI.