Whale Graveyard
Whale Graveyard
On a remote peninsula in Chile, over three hundred sei whales beached themselves. An expedition is setting off to recover some of the bones

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On Monday, February 6, 2017, around 1:30 a.m. CST, a sonic boom shook residents of the Midwest as a bright green fireball streaked through the night sky. The sound was that of a meteor, nearly the size of a minivan, entering our atmosphere. After its fall to Earth, radar spotted the end of its journey over Lake Michigan, approximately 10 miles off the coast of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Teen explorers from Chicago, led by scientists from the Adler Planetarium's Far Horizons program, The Shedd Aquarium, and The Field Museum, team up to take on this Underwater ROV Meteorite Hunt. Interested explorers wanted!
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We're on a mission to unveil the secret world of feather stars, from shallow to mesophotic depths, micro-world to voracious predators that feast on them. Enjoy the adventure!
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Lurking in the mists and fog, just thirty miles from San Francisco, lie the Farallon Islands. Called the Devil's Teeth by wary mariners and the islands of the Dead by Native Americans, these jagged spires and barren rocks are a Fish and Wildlife Refuge, and nested within the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. These enigmatic islands are critical habitat for 350,000 nesting seabirds, 6 species of seals and sea lions, amazing fish including great white sharks! The Farallon Islands are also part of our California Marine Protected Area network. Lesser known are our coastal Marin Protected Areas in the Golden Gate region including Point Reyes, Duxbury Reef, Drakes Estero and several special closures. The MPA Watch program is part of the collaborative effort to monitor MPAs for human activity and habitat, and educate the public on marine protection. We are using the Trident to examine habitat and species offshore, but also nearshore in eelgrass beds in the San Francisco Bay and Drakes Estero. This program provides monitoring opportunities, education and adventure. Located so close to our coastline, the island wildlife and habitat have been impacted from overfishing, sealing and pollution historically and remain at risk from oil spills and shipping. As part of the ecosystem managed of 124 MPAs, our marine wildlife and habitat have an opportunity to recover. Solutions include event protection as part of our State network of marine protected areas and applying citizen science observations collecting data on wildlife and human behavior using app technology. With the Trident ROV we are recording observations of benthic and nektonic wildlife, and human interactions within the MPAs. Every fall Shark Stewards leads public education expeditions to the islands discussing history, natural history and ocean solutions and applies citizen science to marine conservation. Now using the Trident drones, we are collecting scientific observations for our California Marine Protected Area network that can be used by fisheries biologists and managers. Using Whale Alert and iNaturalist apps we also record whale and shark observations inside the Sanctuary.
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Our expedition’s mission aims to improve live remote undersea exploration through a rich immersive experience involving several user’s senses. The base for this experience is SenseSeat (http://sense-seat.com), a computational multisensorial seat that can be digitally controlled and vary the frequency and intensity of visual, auditory and olfactory stimulus. While being monitored users will be able to freely explore the ocean. At the end they will be asked to report on their experience. Our goal is to improve the user experience of remote undersea exploration as a mean to increase the awareness of the sea to the general public by stimulating their curiosity while enabling more people to experience the sea wonders.
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Humpback whales are an important for Icelandic communities and the world, providing economic opportunities through whale watching ecotourism. Yet, very little is known about their social behavior, population dynamics, and fine scale movements in Iceland; or the impact that climate change will have on them and the effect this may have on the communities dependent them. Join me as I follow the journey of humpback whales, monitoring their behavior and tracking their movements, gathering data that is not only crucial for their conservation and long-term survival, but which will also help us better understand the state of the oceans through which they travel.
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To record the changes in the coral reefs and the marine life and the flora and fauna of the Indonesian archipelago. Noting the human impacts.
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Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom, May 31 to Aug 4 2016
Voyage to the Aleutians
We are tracing back the steps of Russian explorers in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands to find out the origin of invasive monkeyflowers, a beautiful plant that invaded Europe and New Zealand in Victorian times, and which has become naturalised around the world.

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Our video team (currently a "team" of one) has been busy with the Raspberry Pi, openCV, and Python. Using the python GoPro API we have a successful stream coming from a GoPro 6 camera with simple object recognition using OpenCV working successfully. Our hope is to be able to initially use the object recognition feature to highlight broad classifications of objects (star fish, urchins, mollusks, etc). While we haven't chosen GoPro cameras as our final platform they shows some promise. We will continue to work on minimizing latency and other tweaks.
Its going to be a very busy weekend for cleanups. I will be heading to Hog Island to participate in a clean up organised by the St. George's University (SGU) environmental group ECO (Education Conservation Outreach) on Saturday morning, and then head back to the university for a clean up organised by the SGU Sustainability Committee (that I am a part of) in the afternoon. If anyone is around and wants to participate come on down and help us protect our environment :-)
Originally built in Port Arthur (Thunder Bay ON) in 1959, the Alexander Henry was utilized as an icebreaker and buoy tender by the Canadian Coast Guard. After the vessels retirement in 1984, the Alexander Henry became a museum ship for the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston, ON. In 2017, the Alexander Henry returned home to Thunder Bay after the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society purchased the vessel for $2. In October (2018), researchers from Lakehead University began to document the museum ship with a Ricoh 360 degree camera. The aim for this research is: 1) To determine if virtual technology can be used to create tours for people with accessibility issues. 2) To examine the methodology for its potential use on shipwrecks within Lake Superior. 3) To raise awareness of Northwestern Ontario's maritime heritage. Pictured is Alex Bilyk from the Natural Resources Department and CARIS Lab at Lakehead University. Photo credit goes to me, Chris McEvoy, research archaeologist and former MES graduate from LU. Follow the link below to see a segment of the virtual tour. Thanks for Following!

Pristine Seas

Exploring and protecting the last wild places in the ocean