Virtual Stowaway
on an Oceanographic Research Cruise

a scientist boards
Welcome aboard!

We invite you to join us on an oceanographic research cruise to the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, without leaving your chair. As a Virtual Stowaway with us, you can explore our research vessel, find out about the scientists and their equipment, see what their daily life on board is like, and learn about the marine life they are studying. Leave the ship in a Zodiac inflatable boat to join a virtual SCUBA dive into the clear blue waters of mid-ocean, surrounded by strange and beautiful animals of the plankton.

Your visit will take you to several panoramic views of the ship inside and out. You can look around, zoom in on objects to find out more about them, and move from one virtual room to another as you explore. A map of the ship will show you where you are, and a variety of pages linked from different spaces on the ship will fill you in with information in the form of text, pictures, videos or other links.

This is a self-guided tour, so you can poke around wherever you want for as long as you want. We hope you'll enjoy learning something about sea-going ocean science, the people who do it, and the fascinating creatures they study.

To enter the ship's busy Main Lab, click on the photo at left.

(To view the panoramas on this site, you will need a QuickTime plugin and a browser such as Internet Explorer [Chrome and Firefox no longer support the needed plugin].   If the panoramas display OK, you're all set!)

RELATED:   2015:   Northeast Fisheries Science Center research cruise finds salps (see entry for Oct. 15, 2015; external link.)

RELATED:   December 2010:   Follow Joe Warren and his group as they seek salps and other zooplankton in waters off Antarctica.   (External link.)

RELATED:   September 2009:   Follow Larry Madin and others as they study "jelly animals" and coral reefs in the remote Phoenix Islands, in the central Pacific Ocean.   (External link.)

National Science Foundation

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