This Twilight Zone is Dark, Watery, and, Yes, Also Full of Intrigue

By Ken Kostel | August 22, 2018

8/20/2018 — Like many kids growing up in the 1960’s, I eagerly anticipated every episode of a black-and-white TV series by Rod Serling, expecting to be surprised, maybe even a little scared, of the mysteries of that 5th dimension he called “The Twilight Zone.”

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Aboard R/V Henry B. Bigelow

By Ken Kostel | August 17, 2018

Images from the first half of the expedition aboard R/V Henry B. Bigelow totest Deep-See and explore the ocean twilight zone.

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Video: Physics and Math for the Real World

By Veronique LaCapra | August 16, 2018

8/16/18 — Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution acoustic oceanographer Andone Lavery and lead scientist for the development of the Deep-See, a new vehicle designed to explore the ocean twilight zone, talks about what drew her to marine science.

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Video: Ocean Twilight Zone Engineer Kaitlyn Tradd

By Danielle Fino | August 9, 2018

8/9/18—Mechanical Engineer Kaitlyn Tradd describes how a day in a WHOI exhibit center changed her life, as she prepares to explore the Ocean Twilight Zone in an unprecedented expedition aboard the R/V Bigelow, starting August 11, 2018.

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Capturing Zooplankton to Test High-Resolution Holographic Camera

By Danielle Fino | August 9, 2018

8/1/18 — WHOI biologist Peter Wiebe (standing, far left) guides guest student Will Scott in casting a net into the test well on the WHOI pier, as physicist Andone Lavery (seated, left), engineering assistant Troy Pettit (far right), and guest student Zhaozhong Zhuang look on. Their goal was to catch tiny animals called zooplankton, in order to…

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Video: WHOI Biologist Heidi Sosik on the Twilight Zone

By Danielle Fino | August 9, 2018

 7/30/18—The twilight zone, or mesopelagic, is a region of the ocean between 200 and 1,000 meters (660 to 3,300 feet) depth where very little sunlight reaches, but that is teeming with life. WHOI biologist Heidi Sosik is helping lead WHOI’s efforts to expand our knowledge of the twilight zone and its importance to life…

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Sharks Take ‘Tunnels’ into the Depths to Find Food in the Ocean Twilight Zone

By Danielle Fino | August 9, 2018

7/27/18—Sharks may be using a special kind of eddy, a swirling body of water beneath the ocean’s surface, to hunt. These particular eddies, anticyclonic ones, are generally warm, downwelling circulations which might allow sharks to expend less energy on their way down into the deep for a feast in the ocean twilight zone. » Read…

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Deep-See, Engineering Innovation

By Danielle Fino | August 9, 2018

7/25/18—Mechanical engineer Kaitlyn Tradd attaches a multibeam sonar to the Deep-See, a new sensor platform that she helped design and build. The platform will weigh almost 1.5 tons once fully loaded with its camera systems, sonar arrays, and environmental sensors. Designed to be towed from a ship via an electro-optical cable, the Deep-See will give…

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WHOI’s Journey to the Ocean’s Twilight Zone Begins

By Ken Kostel | July 17, 2018

Tests of a new towed vehicle Deep-See from the NOAA survey ship Henry B. Bigelow will begin to build a detailed picture of life below the sunlit surface of the ocean. 7/13/18—On August 11, scientists and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), and the University of Connecticut…

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WHOI Plunges into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ with NASA, NSF to Explore Global Carbon Flow

By Ken Kostel | June 20, 2018

A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August. The team’s mission for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to study the life and death of the small organisms that play a critical role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and in the ocean’s carbon cycle. The expedition will mark an important step in growing efforts to explore and understand the ocean’s twilight zone.

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Boston Globe

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