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
Today, I am re-posting a blog post that ran last year during my expedition to the Galapagos Islands. In order to help you to appreciate and understand some of the tech that makes our expedition possible, I've written a post about Hercules and its parts.*****In case you have been wondering about some of the technology … Continue reading Ocean Tech: Meet Hercules
We will be diving today on Northeast Bank, an extinct volcano that last erupted between 7 - 11 million years ago. It is a guyot, or a flat-topped volcanic cone surrounded by smaller cones. The flat top was caused by wave action during the last Ice Age, when lower sea levels brought the summit right … Continue reading Dive Alert – Northeast Bank
Meet Pedro and Diego. They started out as identical twin Styrofoam heads, crisp and white and ready for crafting. I first made their acquaintance at a craft store in Ventura. Very quickly, though, with the help from some Sharpies, they started to change.First, I needed to add their names. Each got his name on the … Continue reading Feeling the Pressure
We are prepping the vehicles for a dive on Sixtymile Bank, a flat-topped rise about 60 nautical miles out from San Diego. I will be on the first watch (my watch runs from 8-12, twice a day). Please join me on http://www.nautiluslive.org and send in your questions! Use the hashtag #NautilusLive when you participate in … Continue reading Dive Alert – Sixtymile Bank
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
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
For the second year in a row Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast’s Melissa Baffa, VP of Program and Volunteer Services, will be boarding the E/V Nautilus this summer to explore the ocean depths along the Pacific Coast. Melissa has been chosen as Lead Science Communication Fellow for 2016 by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET). As … Continue reading Melissa Baffa Explores the Ocean Depths Aboard E/V Nautilus this August!
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