Laying Cable


Yesterday, I looked out my window* and saw the next part of the MARS project falling into place (previous post 1, previous post 2, BBC story). Currently, the Global Sentinel, a cable laying ship, is anchored offshore as the last bit of cable is being joined to the shore station. This website as an excellent schematic of vessel.

*Literary flourish: Actually postdoctoral fellows at MBARI don’t get windows, those are reserved for lead scientists.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

One Reply to “Laying Cable”

  1. Oh now you gone and made me reminisce about Monterey. I live there for 2 years while attending MPC and volunteered at the aquarium as a penguin caretaker! Those dunes and that non-native iceplant will always stick fondly in my memory.

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