RV Melville
RV MelvilleCourtesy WHOI
Being on a ship exploring the oceans: how cool is that?! If you can't be on the ship, or maybe you get seasick and don't want to be, check out videos from a real oceanography expedition.

An entire series is now on Science 360: The Knowledge Network. YouTube videos are filtered from some classrooms. Since Science 360 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, their videos have passed a high academic standard and are not filtered.

Marine Microbes: Come see videos about us!
Marine Microbes: Come see videos about us!Courtesy C-MORE
The Center for Microbial Oceanography (C-MORE), headquartered at the University of Hawai`i, conducted the BiG RAPA oceanographic expedition. The C-MORE scientists sailed from Chile to Easter Island, making discoveries about micro-life in one of the least explored areas of the world's ocean.

Welcome aboard!

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Nathalie's picture
Nathalie says:

Wow, this is really awesome. I hope that you will share more in the future. I have always dreamed of being on a ship but I cannot swim so basically fear keeps me away. Thank you for sharing this.

 

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posted on Mon, 06/20/2011 - 6:17am
MicroScribe's picture

Guess what, Nathalie? Many oceanographers can't swim. Some oceanographers never even go on boats; they study the ocean through satellites, robots called Remote Operated Vehicles or ROVs, buoys and other instruments. Others study the ocean in labs using microscopes; have a look at this animation about microscopic marine life! --> http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/education/animation.htm.

When oceanographers do go to sea, on the very first day everyone on board -- scientists and crew alike -- participates in a fire-and-abandon-ship drill . During this drill, everyone practices wearing a "gumby suit." I'm the teacher in the middle!teachers wearing "gumby suits": These total immersion, life-saving outfits protect people who need to abandon ships at sea.
teachers wearing "gumby suits": These total immersion, life-saving outfits protect people who need to abandon ships at sea.Courtesy B. Mayer
floating in a "gumby suit": See how easy it is to float in a big, orange immersion suit?
floating in a "gumby suit": See how easy it is to float in a big, orange immersion suit?Courtesy P. Hartzell

posted on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 12:06am

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