Craig Most Certainly Did Not Break The Boat

Figures. I am out of town for a week and someone feels the need to generate some gossip about me. The latest heinous character assassination comes from Rick at MBSL&S claiming that I broke MBARI’s beloved Western Flyer. To bring you up to speed you can read this post. Now I whole heartedly admit that I am tough on things…clothes, vehicles, mountain bikes, previous girlfriends and my wife, laptop. However, I was nearly 1,200 miles when the great boat was broken. I have witnesses and documentation. If Rick would bother doing some research he would have seen the MBARI website.

MBARI’s research vessel Western Flyer hit unmarked, submerged, granite rocks on Friday, February 8, while approaching the port of La Paz, in Baja California, Mexico. There were no serious injuries and no oil was spilled. The Western Flyer was on its way to La Paz from Moss Landing, in preparation for a four-month research expedition in the Gulf of California…The incident occurred while the Western Flyer was maneuvering to avoid another vessel in the narrow San Lorenzo channel entrance to La Paz, Mexico. The Mexican Navy responded and provided assistance. With help from a La Paz dive company, water leaks were quickly repaired in the engine compartment. Thanks to quick thinking and work by the ship’s skipper and crew, the safety of the vessel was maintained at all times and no environmental damage occurred.

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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.