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Welcome, Alucia

Welcome, Alucia

The research vessel Alucia arrived in Woods Hole, Mass., for the first time on Saturday, August 25. The ship was…

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The Recipe for a Harmful Algal Bloom

The Recipe for a Harmful Algal Bloom

Harmful algal blooms can produce toxins that accumulate in shellfish and cause health problems and economic losses. They have increased in strength and frequency worldwide. Can we get advance warnings of when and where they will occur?

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Life at the Edge

What makes the shelf break front such a productive and diverse part of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean? A group of scientists on the research vessel Neil Armstrong spent two weeks at sea in 2018 as part of a three-year, NSF-funded project to find out.

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DISCO in the Garden

DISCO in the Garden

During a joint U.S.-Cuban expedition to Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) in November 2017, WHOI biogeochemist Colleen…

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Forecasting Where Ocean Life Thrives

Forecasting Where Ocean Life Thrives

The ocean, like the atmosphere, has “fronts,” and it’s hardly quiet on them. In fact, that is where the plankton that provide the foundation of the ocean food web are most prolific.

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A Royal Gift

A Royal Gift

WHOI engineer D.C. Collasius scans a model of the hull of WHOI’s former research vessel Chain in WHOI’s rapid prototyping…

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Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

WHOI researcher Ellen Roosen (center) gives science teachers a tour of the WHOI Seafloor Samples Laboratory. She explained how WHOI…

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Hearing Tests on Wild Whales

Hearing Tests on Wild Whales

Scientists published the first hearing tests on a wild population of healthy marine mammals. The tests on beluga whales in Bristol Bay, AK, revealed that the whales have sensitive auditory systems and showed less age-related hearing loss than is expected.

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School’s Out

School's Out

Thriving schools of white grunts and schoolmaster snapper swim amid the lush corals of the Jardines de la Reina (Gardens…

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REMUS 6000 Test

REMUS 6000 Test

WHOI engineers Amy Kukulya and Mark Dennett tested a REMUS 6000 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from the WHOI dock in…

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Fish Chatter

Fish Chatter

To our ears coral reefs may seem relatively quiet, but fish there make a variety of sounds that are often…

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Multi-Pronged Coral Reef Research

Multi-Pronged Coral Reef Research

WHOI scientist Amy Apprill led an first-of-its kind joint expedition with Cuban and American scientists in November 2017 to study the Gardens of the Queens in…

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An Unexpected Collaborator

An Unexpected Collaborator

American and Cuban scientists teamed up for an unprecedented joint expedition in November 2017 to explore one of the Caribbean’s most…

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A New View

A New View

This image is of a photogrammetric model of the Rouse Simmons, a schooner that sank on Lake Michigan in 1912…

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Sampling Coral Health

Sampling Coral Health

WHOI scientist Amy Apprill collects a small sample of an elkhorn coral in November 2017 during an unprecedented joint expedition with Cuban and American scientists…

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