Vision and Bioluminescence Summer 2015

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Research Project: Vision and Bioluminescence in the Deep-sea Benthos II, NOAA Ocean Exploration

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Goal: “To discover vision and bioluminescence on the floor of the deep sea. Dr. Tamara Frank

Students study vision and bioluminescence in animals living down to 6562 ft (2000 m) on the Northern West Florida escarpment and the base of the West Florida Escarpment in DeSoto Canyon when they join deep sea scientists, Tamara Frank and Charles Messing (NOVA Southeastern University Oceanographic Center), Edith Widder (Ocean Conservation and Research Association), Sonke Johnsen (Duke University), and Heather Bracken-Grissom (Florida International University).   (Research funded by NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, award number NA14OAR0110264)WT NOAA ON

For this summer’s Creep into the Deep Mission, WhaleTimes’ is excited to have assembled an amazing Virtual Science Team including museums, aquariums, summer camp, and marine science stations around the country. Our Virtual Teams are from the:


What is Creep into the Deep™? WhaleTimes’ original Virtual Research Mission™ takes your STEM curriculum to new depths!  WhaleTimes’ Creep into the Deep  creates a connection between scientists and students. It also lets you bring deep-sea animals, exploration, and science into your classrooms in a unique and inviting way. What’s in the deep that a kid would like? Animals dressed in red velvet, some as transparent as glass, and others that flash and ripple with light so bright they could light a room. Every animal and discovery in the deep is weirder and more wonderful than the next. Only 5% of the ocean has been explored. In order to protect the ocean, there is so much more we must learn. Join us on a mission to investigate how the cool creatures that creep in the deep survive!

Designed for 3-6th grade classrooms. By participating in the program, students become Virtual Members of a deep sea mission, receive daily emails from scientists, photos, and answers to their questions.  Students even send their autographs into the abyss!

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WhaleTimes’ Creep into the Deep funded by NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, awarded #NA140AR0110264 :

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