GSCCC's Melissa Baffa, who has been sailing on the E/V Nautilus since August 1st, will be in San Francisco today giving a ship tour to Girl Scouts and answering questions. On Friday, she will be speaking at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab, which will include a live interaction with the ship … Continue reading E/V Nautilus Spots Googly-Eyed Stubby Squid 3,000 Feet Under the Sea off California Coast!
We only got out of the water a short while ago, and our team is in the thick of the post-dive inspection. But nearly right away, they will be starting their pre-dive routine, and we will be back in the water just a short distance from our last location. Starting at 12 pm PST, we … Continue reading Dive Alert – Catalina Basin/Canyon
The raft. Mentally, I named it the Beast. It was a 15-person raft, about 11 feet in diameter, a black Explore the ocean in August with Melissa and the Corps of Exploration.Follow the adventure here in the GSCCC blog and at NautilusLive.organd orange monstrosity of plastic and rubber and fabric, about a hundred and fifty … Continue reading The Beast
Explore the ocean in August with Melissa and the Corps of Exploration.Follow the adventure here in the GSCCC blog and at NautilusLive.org.It was dark, and the sound of water splashing around in the pool beneath me reverberated throughout the indoor space. I was standing on a platform 3 meters above the surface, peering through the … Continue reading Surviving Survival Training
Who are your heroes? Are they sports stars? Celebrities? People you know personally, such as a favorite teacher?The author doing a live interaction with Dr. Ballard last year.Mine are scientists. If I could have the infamous dinner party we pretend to host as a part of “Getting to Know You” exercises, and I could only … Continue reading An Evening with Bob Ballard
Girl Scouts is all about trying new things, broadening a girl’s horizon, and building courage, confidence, and character along the way. Last year, when I applied for the Science Communication Fellowship with the Ocean Exploration Trust, I was stretching myself for two big reasons: one was to further develop my own courage, confidence, and character. … Continue reading Explore the Ocean Live with Me this Summer
Six months ago today I sat in front of my computer, staring at the screen. I wanted it to be just right. An email had crossed my desk in a roundabout and somewhat accidental way, and the past two days had been a scramble of activity to respond and get an application together.Truth be told, … Continue reading Headed for home
In case you have been wondering about some of the technology that makes ocean exploration aboard the E/V Nautilus possible, today’s post is about Hercules, one of the ROVs. Hercules parked inside his hangar, where he can be worked on and protected from the elements during transit.Todd designed and built Hercules. He gave me a tour … Continue reading Meet Hercules
Tonight we will perform another dive, with both ROVs (Argus & Hercules). We will be diving near the "East of Eden 3" site, and other targets that we identified as being potential active hydrothermal vents during our reconnaissance dive a few days ago.We will be studying the geological features, looking for interesting biological features (including … Continue reading Dive Alert!
Today, I am happy to share a special blog post from my friend and travel companion Socktopus. Enjoy! ~Melissa **********************Me with other members of my family.Nice to meet you! My name’s Socktopus. I was inspired by a craft that was done at this year’s Kaleidoscope. I was born back in Ventura, along with a brother … Continue reading Meet Socktopus