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 (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 (http://deepseanews.com/), 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.

4 Replies to “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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