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In addition to dropping ALAMO floats ahead of #HurricaneIrma with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, WHOI had a team out with TowBoatUS Miami yesterday to deploy one of Robert Todd's Spray gliders. It will be profiling the upper 500m of the ocean ahead and behind the storm as it crosses the Gulf Stream and works its way north. You can follow 0069act here: (Video by Patrick Deane and Ray Graham)
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#RVNeilArmstrong departing for the first of three Ocean Observatories Initiative cruises. Make sure your audio is turned all the way up at 01:20.

Geologists find clues to the future of deadly hurricanes, written in stone and sand, in the new NOVA documentary “Killer Hurricanes.”

Full Sequence! Take a ride on the back of an #endangered #leatherback #turtle...2 hour ride in 2 minutes as it munches 123 #jellyfish, takes 133 breaths and be...ats its flippers 1405 times. Amy Kukulya Kara Dwyer Dodge Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) #TurtleCam research conducted under NMFS Permit #15672

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It was windy, but the sun was shining today as the Intro to Oceanography class at Stonehill College got a close-up look at #RVNeilArmstrong with our incomparable volunteer tour guide Hovey Clifford.

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In 2005, Walter Munk, the "Einstein of the ocean," came to WHOI to wish the Institution a happy 75th birthday. Today we get to return the favor and wish Walter a happy 100th. #Munk100 Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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A new paper out today in Marine Ecology Progress Series finds that a high percentage of tagged #whales in the western Gulf of Maine tended to feed near the surface, indicating the need for greater speed restrictions on vessels in the region during the spring, as well as a lower (but still high) incidence of feeding close to the seafloor where ground lines to fishing gear are a threat, suggesting their use needs to be limited. Authors include Mark Baumgartner and Melissa Patrician from WHOI, as well as collaborators at NOAA Fisheries Service and UMass Boston.

ABSTRACT: Endangered North Atlantic right whales Eubalaena glacialis suffer from unacceptably high rates of ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements, but little is known of the role that diving and foraging behavior plays in mediating human-caused mortality. We conducted a study of right whale fo...

Today we renewed our long partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory to continue supporting world-class ocean science through the MBLWHOI Library.

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“We have the possibility of losing an iconic species that lives in our backyard,” said Mark Baumgartner, an associate scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “These animals’ survival — it’s our responsibility.”

Scientists will gather this weekend with a sense of urgency to discuss ways to protect the animals, whose population has dwindled to less than 500.

"Jim Ledwell described as "brilliant, diligent, soft spoken and understated."" We can confirm that he is all of this and more.

WHOI Emeritus Scholar Named Fellow of The Oceanography Society

What's the difference between shallow-water and deep-water corals? WHOI biologist Tim Shank is out with the Schmidt Ocean Institute exploring deep-water corals in the world's largest World Heritage Site, but before the ship sailed, he had an opportunity to snorkel among some of the most spectacular shallow-water sites on the planet. Here's what he had to say about the experience in a pre-cruise video.

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) is the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site on Earth. Learn about Kanton Atoll, the largest and only inha...

Completely forgot about this article about Mary Sears in the May issue of Cape Cod Life. #WomeninScience

Falmouth resident was the Navy’s first oceanographer, a longtime WHOI scientist and committed to civic affairs One of the special…

Jim Bellingham explores the human inclination for exploration TEDxBoston #live right now:

Welcome to TEDxBoston 2017 Over the past eight years, we have shared ideas ranging from the ocean’s power, to the musical evolution of the Erhu, to urban beekeeping, and even the counterfeit drug trade. Last year, we honed our focus to artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the potential…

Listen in #live right now as WHOI biologist Tim Shank and Temple University's Eric Cordes explore a part of the seafloor in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area for the first time.

This is the third ROV dive of the expedition, in the Phoenix Islands Protected area, near the Republic of Kiribati. We will be exploring off the Island of Ra...

What's it like to complete your first research cruise? It's surprisingly mundane--lots of data processing and things that don't go as planned. Unless you get to light off old signal flares. That can make up for a lot.