Ode to the Remote Operated Vehicle

I sing of machines so often forgotten;
But I declare such treatment is rotten!
Submersible cousins with all the fame;
And that damn Alvin is the one to blame!
O’ the workhorse of the sea is the mighty ROV.

Down on the bottom, you’re not alone;
Tethered to the surface as you explore the unknown.
A rack of bright lights and a manipulator claw,
You stay true to the course and never at yaw.
O’ the workhorse of the sea is the mighty ROV.

A sub is nothing but an old tin sphere;
Adaptable and modifiable, you’re ready to persevere
With no one aboard you’re on the seafloor longer
While the sub rises to the surface because human bladders are not stronger
O’ the workhorse of the sea is the mighty ROV.

So here we are to sing of your praises,
Raise a pint as we call out these phrases!
At closest pub to the dock we go for our beer,
We all dream of a ROV and wealthy financier!

Dr. M (1720 Posts)

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 “Ode to the Remote Operated Vehicle
  1. Holy smoke!

    You guys are wild like pirates, Captain Nemo and Jaques Cousteau combined. Congratulations on the new site … it looks amazing!

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