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.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. 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. 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. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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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