Giant Squid Rides

For those in the area, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute will hold its annual open house from noon to 5 p.m. June 30 at 7700 Sandholdt Road in Moss Landing.

We will all be there, staff, scientists, and engineers, explaining our deep-sea research and discoveries. You will be able to see deep-sea animals and oceanographic instruments, try hands-on science activities and learn about careers in the ocean sciences. Exhibits will include MBARI’s robotic deep-sea vehicles: the remotely operated vehicles Ventana and Tiburon, autonomous underwater vehicles and a benthic rover, a bigger badder version of the Mars rovers. At the docks you will be able to see all three of our research ships, the largest, the Western Flyer, you can tour.

For the kids, we captured a giant squid and put a saddle on it. Each child will get a 15 minute ride, or shorter if its hungry, on the back of Architeuthis around the harbor. So the last part isn’t true but you will no doubt have fun and be in awe.

I will be splitting my time between the biology tent and talking about the Western Flyer, so stop by and say hey!

More information can be found at MBARI’S website.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

4 comments on “Giant Squid Rides
  1. Should I admit that I took the squid rides seriously, if only for a moment? Probably not, I suspect.

    Putting saddles on squid indeed. Heh.

  2. Wish I lived closer! I would love to take this all in and be able to ask questions in person, as I know I would have many.

  3. You almost had me with the squid rides. Since I’m all the way down here in Florida, doubt I can make it. But I sure would like to.

    I’m the wife of a marine biologist. Sea turtles are our thing. Nope, we don’t put saddles on them and give rides either.

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