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Images: Building Them Tough, Bringing Them Back

Scott Worrilow started working with the WHOI Buoy Group in 1978 and is now head of the Sub-Surface Mooring Operations Group. He has spent a lot of time at sea deploying and recovering moorings. And that's where he was on the 50th anniversay of the WHOI Buoy Group's first mooring. His team recently deployed moorings Nos. 1239 and 1240 in the waters near Hawai'i. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Repairs to instruments go on night or day, good weather or bad. Here, oceanographer Jerry Dean works on the atmospheric instruments atop a toroid (doughnut-shaped) surface buoy so the buoy and its mooring can be deployed again. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Dean)

George Tupper, who worked on current meters when he first came to work with the Buoy Group in 1968, has participated in about 40 research cruises since his official retirement in 2001. (Photo by Terry Joyce)

The WHOI Buoy Group split into sub-groups 20 years ago, but the mooring count continues. In 2006, members of the Upper Ocean Processes Group and Sub-Surface Mooring Operations Group deployed mooring No. 1200 as part of the Line W array. From left, Brian Hogue, Scott Worrilow, physical oceanographer John Toole, MIT/WHOI graduate student Beatriz Pena-Molino, Dan Torres, Dave Wellwood, Daniel Bogorff. (Photo by Daniel Montlucon)