Chasing Science at Sea: Racing Hurricanes, Stalking Sharks, by Ellen Prager

By Ellen Prager

To the typical office-dweller, marine scientists appear to have the nice lifestyles: cruising at sea for weeks at a time, swimming in hot coastal waters, dwelling in tropical paradises. But ocean scientists who visit sea will inform you that it truly is no vacation. Creature comforts are few and the stumbling blocks possible insurmountable, but an abundance of ask yourself and discovery nonetheless awaits those that take to the sea. Chasing technology at Sea immerses readers on the earth of these who on a regular basis visit sea—aquanauts residing underwater, marine biologists looking unseen lifestyles within the deep ocean, and the tall-ship captains on the helm, between others—and tells the interesting story of what life—and science—is like on the mercy of mom Nature.With ardour and wit, famous marine scientist Ellen Prager stocks her tales in addition to these of her colleagues, revealing that during the sphere ingenuity and an excellent humorousness are as crucial as water, sunblock, and GPS. Serendipity is precious, and whereas gathering info is the objective, occasionally simply getting again to shore capability good fortune. yet regardless of the actual worry and emotional duress that include the work, optimism and adventure prompt a very hardy species of scientist to come repeatedly to the sea.Filled with firsthand money owed of the demanding situations and triumphs of facing the intense forces of nature and the unpredictable global of the sea, Chasing technological know-how at Sea is a distinct glimpse less than the water line at what it really is like and why you will need to research, discover, and spend time in a single of our planet’s such a lot interesting and international environments.  (20080701)

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Yet people want to know, and spend precious time arguing over, what is the single worst thing causing the decline of coral reefs. An important note here: sometimes it is not more answers that we need, but better use of the information we already have. We do in fact have a growing understanding of how human activities negatively impact the ocean, but we have only just begun to use this 24 chapter one information to do what is necessary to better protect and preserve the sea, such as creating and implementing more effective ocean policies, providing sufficient investment, improved education, and better management strategies (chapter 8).

One day, about four years ago, while sitting in a boat, Bob was chatting with a local fisherman who had become a trusted and helpful partner. ” Bob was stunned and couldn’t believe that no one had ever mentioned it. He had always wanted to study whale sharks, but they tend to be hard to find. Four years later, over the course of essentially three summers, Bob and his team of researchers had tagged some 550 individual whale sharks in an area now believed to host the largest aggregation of whale sharks in the world.

For Phil the passage from the Azores to Bermuda was particularly memorable. ” With such a calm sea, the light plays tricks, and it can be hard to distinguish the horizon. On the other hand, floating objects are easier to see, and in the monotony of an ocean passage, sometimes just investigating a buoy can be an interesting distraction. That morning the lookout noticed something floating at the surface off the port bow, maybe a quarter mile away. They altered course slightly and approached the object.

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