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The CAMera samPlER, or "Camper" is a large sampling sled that will be towed by a research ship and lowered to the seafloor for collecting samples from the Arctic Ocean bottom. About the size of a sport utility vehicle, CAMPER is equipped with lights, a navigation system, chemical sensors,
a video camera, and devices for quickly grabbing samples a claw for grabbing hard samples such as rocks or clams, and a “slurp gun” that can vacuum in fluids or shrimp. The vehicle is
positioned primarily by moving the ship, although the engineers can “drive” CAMPER in a small area using thrusters. The samples are of critical importance to biologists, who will use the DNA from the creatures they find to trace their origins.

WHOI engineering assistant Will Ostrom helps guide CAMPER as it is maneuevered on the stern of the icebreaker Oden during a June 2007 test cruise. (Photo by Daniel Torres, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Online Expeditions Featuring CAMPER

Dive and Discover Expedition 11 - Gakkel Ridge

July 1 to August 10, 2007
For the first time in the history of humankind, a scientific team will attempt to reach the bottom of the Arctic Ocean to find seafloor hydrothermal vents.