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Even before she headed to space, Dr. Proctor inspired our #FindingYourInnerExplorer theme this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association. Watch Dr. Proctor's video interview about her inspirations here:
TAS Program & alumni were over the moon last week watching TAS '17 Dr. Sian Proctor launch *into space* on the #Inspiration4 mission & return safely to Earth 3 days later! Welcome home & congrats to the team on raising >$200M for St. Jude's Children's Hospital!
New Kids' Book from @NOAAFisheries: Colorful New Book Engages Students as #Rockfish Stewards Educators in #PugetSound region can request a free classroom set! & Anyone can download digital copy.
NOAA's Coast Survey deploys Navigation Response Teams to conduct post-storm hydrographic surveys of river channels and ports to update the charts needed for safe navigation.…
#PhotoOfTheWeek A Bag of Tagged Blue Crabs: In her blog, TAS Melissa Barker described a student research project on blue crabs that was conducted as part of the 2017 groundfish survey aboard NOAA Ship Oregon II. Photo by Helen Olmi.
#PhotoOfTheWeek: Investigating Threats to Scallops: 2016 TAS Donna Knutson describes some of the ongoing research into Atlantic sea #scallops, including whether they are ingesting #microplastics:
#PhotoOfTheWeek Full Steam Ahead: TAS'18 Jennifer Dean shared a photo of 1of NOAA Ship Pisces' 4 main engines. When ship is going @ full steam it uses 3 of 4 to provide power to turn the shaft. If need less power, can modify engine choices & use less fuel
#PhotoOfTheWeek TAS'18 Eric Koser: "The 1st task I learned was to plot our course on the charts... Given expected cruising speed, the navigator can estimate future positions of the ship, which are referred to as “dead reckoning” & plotted w/a half circle."
#PhotoOfTheWeek Saury, not Sorry (about the fish puns!) TAS Phil Moorhouse shared this photo of two Pacific sauries caught during a 2019 fisheries survey in the Gulf of Alaska.
#PhotoOfTheWeek TAS '12 Steven Frantz took this photo of a scientist measuring the length of an unusual find--a Caribbean reef #shark--before releasing it back to the ocean. Read more: & celebrate #SharkWeek2021 with @NOAAFisheries:
#PhotoOfTheWeek: We hope you all had a safe and happy #FourthofJuly! TAS '18 Anne Krauss took this photo of the stern of NOAA Ship Oregon II, which includes a view of its ensign - the flag flown to indicate the ship's nationality.
Stowaway! This pigeon joined #Okeanos off U.S. east coast during 2021 ROV Shakedown. It traveled from Portugal & was likely 1 of many racing pigeons confused by weird weather during a race. It left us in RI. Hopefully it's headed home. Fair winds & following seas, friend.
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#NOAAFisheriesAt150 We’re celebrating 150 years of scientific research, resource management, & the protection & conservation of marine life. Watch this trailer & check out the full video to learn more about the past, present, & future of NOAA Fisheries:
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#PhotoOfTheWeek Shoreline Survey: TAS '15 Rebecca Loy took this photo of cormorants convening on a navigational hazard (in this case, a small rock) in Kizhuyak Bay, off Kodiak Island, #Alaska. #hydrography
🎥New video alert! Education is a part of@NOAAA’s mission, and we’re here to create powerful teaching moments, inspire students to pursue careers, and provide resources to educators everywhere. Full…c #NOAAResourceOfTheDayy@TheNAAEEE@LakesOutreachhC
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Time for...turtles! Welcome to #SeaTurtleWeek celebrating sea turtle conservation. Learn more about our efforts to protect & conserve sea turtles. And join us all week to find out what you can do to save these magnificent, highly migratory marine reptiles:…
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#PhotoOfTheWeek NOAA is celebrating #SeaTurtleWeek! In 2014, TAS Jamie Morris sailed aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster on an ecosystem survey of @GraysReefNMS. Divers on the mission spotted this sea turtle resting at the ocean's surface, photo'd by Amy Rath.
Educators: Join us June 22 at 6pm EST for a FREE online professional development opportunity to learn more about underwater robots & how they are used in ocean exploration. Register here:… Registration closes June 14.
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Today is #WorldOceanDay! This year @NOAAeducation is debuting graphics (designed by Kaleigh Ballantine, Oregon State University) that illustrate the 7 Ocean Literacy Principles. Find them here:……
#PhotoOfTheWeek Tomorrow is #WorldOceanDay! TAS Lynn Kurth took this photo of "Earth's one big ocean" in 2016. "As soon as the Rainier moved away from Homer & more of the ocean came into view, I stood in awe of how much of our planet is covered w/water."
Tuesday (June 8 ) is World OCEAN Day, celebrating our one, connected world ocean! The World Ocean Day website includes some fun resources announcing the decision to drop the 's' from 'oceans' to reflect that reality.
#PhotoOfTheWeek Spotted Dolphins Spotted: TAS Elizabeth Nyman took this photo of Atlantic spotted #dolphins swimming very near NOAA Ship Pisces in May of 2013.
Does your school have what it takes to help protect the ocean? Promote ocean and watershed conservation at your school or community by becoming a NOAA Ocean Guardian School. Applications are now open. Learn more:… #NOAAResourceOfTheDay @sanctuaries
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#PhotoOfTheWeek WHOTS Up? In her blog from 2017, TAS Samantha Adams describes the process of deploying an #oceanographic mooring at the Woods Hole Hawaii Ocean Time-series Site (WHOTS):
#PhotoOfTheWeek Taking the Ocean's Temperature: TAS '19 Catherine Fuller took this photo of the deployment of a CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth probe) over the side of NSF vessel R/V Sikuliaq during a survey of the Northern Gulf of Alaska.
Our program was established in April 2001 to explore our largely unknown ocean, and we've been heading downward ever since. This year, we're celebrating 20 years of NOAA Ocean Exploration...and looking ahead to the next 20. Cheers!…
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#PhotoOfTheWeek Just Dropping In: Did you have a chance to join your mother for a swim in ice-cold glacial waters this weekend? No? ah well. We appreciate mothers near & far!🥰#MothersDay20211 Photo from blog by TAS '07 Tara
This past year of teaching virtually, returning to classroom under new protocols, or juggling hybrid class has required superhero efforts from teachers who were already giving their all. Can't wait to sail teachers again in 2022 & occasionally see them in person! Photo: NSTA 2019
We LOVE teachers & appreciate them year-round, but this #TeacherAppreciationWeek feels especially poignant as we approach another summer of standing down our sailing operations. We miss meeting new teachers & our scientists miss sailing with them!❤️Photo by TAS17 Cecelia Carroll.
#Educators: Have you heard of NOAA's Teachers on the Estuary #workshops? They are held at National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs) around the country. This year, some virtual, some in the field. Look out for one at an #estuary near you!…
#PhotoOfTheWeek Breaking Waves: A large wave crashes over the bow of USCGC Healy as she transits toward Nome at the end of the 2018 Arctic Distributed Biological Observatory survey. Photo by TAS '18 Roy Moffitt:
It’s National #EEWeek, and we’re celebrating by highlighting some of our awesome grantees! From the Chesapeake Bay to the Hawaiian Islands, take a look at what our grantees are doing to make a difference in #EnvironmentalEducation.… #GreeningSTEM
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Calling all K-12 artists! Check out the 2021 Marine Art Contest co-sponsored by @NOAASBNMS & #MA Marine Educators. Submissions should focus on Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary’s biodiversity. Deadline is 5/7! Info:
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#PhotoOfTheWeek This #EarthWeek, celebrate #biodiversity! Learning more about the amazingly diverse life on our planet can inspire us to take action to conserve it. Have you ever seen a yellowline arrow crab? (So stripey!) Photo by TAS '17 Chris Murdock:
Watch this video to learn more about what sustainable seafood means in the United States and how we are working to support healthy fisheries and provide safe sources of seafood:… #EatSeafoodAmerica #SustainableSeafood
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#PhotoOfTheWeek The Speed of Sound in Saltwater: (Photo from 2016) TAS Nichia Huxtable deploys an eXpendable BathyThermograph on a mission mapping ocean floor around Channel Islands. The XBT measures salinity at depth, info needed to interpret sonar data.
Have you seen the news? From NOAA ship 🚢 to spacecraft 🚀@TeacherAtSeaea alum Dr. Sian Proctor has been selected to fly as a civilian astronaut on the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission! Watch her video about finding her inner
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Calling all K-12 artists! Check out the 2021 Marine Art Contest co-sponsored by @NOAASBNMS & #MA Marine Educators. Submissions should focus on Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary’s biodiversity. Deadline is 5/7! Info:
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#PhotoOfTheWeek Coming and Going: TAS '13 Rob Ulmer took this photo of the crane, anchor windlass, vents, & stowed gangway on the bow of NOAA Ship Rainier. (The anchor windlass is machinery for letting go and weighing anchor.)
Sian, a community college professor from Arizona, sailed aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson in 2017. She recalls her philosophy for seeking new opportunities to leave her comfort zone and finding her inner explorer in this TAS Alumni Association video:
#FromSeatoSpace: We are incredibly excited to congratulate TAS alum Dr. Sian Proctor on her selection to fly as a civilian astronaut on the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission! WOW!…
#PhotoOfTheWeek Summer Tanager on the Spring EcoMon Survey: Bird observer Brad Toms sighted this Summer Tanager resting on NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow during TAS DJ Kast's 2015 mission to conduct an ecosystem monitoring survey of the NE Atlantic shelf.
Calling #student #artists! Our Endangered Species Day Art Contest is open! From now thru 4/23, #students K-12 from anywhere may submit artwork of endangered species in our region. Get the details!
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#InternationalDayOfTheSeal There are 3 major types of seals (also known as pinnipeds): true seals, eared seals, and walruses. Fossil records indicate the ancestors of modern seals first entered the ocean on the West Coast about 28–30 million years ago:…
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#PhotoOfTheWeek: Today is #WorldWaterDay. What can we do to reduce pollution in our freshwater & oceans? In this photo by TAS '19 Cara Nelson, marine debris dots the rocky Gulf of Alaska shoreline. Cara counts 6 plastic water bottles just in this photo.�
Reminder! We're hosting a virtual ocean classroom teacher workshop on March 16th and 17th! To learn more and register, click here:… #HiHumpbackSanctuary #OceanClassrooms
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#PhotoOfTheWeek Seeing Double (Rainbows): TAS Meredith Salmon took this photo of a double #rainbow from the deck of NOAA Ship @okeanosexplorer during a 2018 mission to map deep-sea areas south of Bermuda. 🌈🌈EAK
ICYMI: Coming in March -Inspect fish, climb aboard a hurricane hunter, say hello to red king crabs & more at the #NOAAVirtualOpenHouse! REGISTER Free!… #NOAALive4Kids
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