Sperm Whales Be Messing With My Robot

An very large and unlikely visitor happens by during ROV operations. My favorite part is when you can see the tether, linking the ROV to the surface ship above, clearly riding on the sperm whales back.  That’s not good.

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i hate when im working thousands of feet below sea level, and a F****** SPERM WHALE comes out of F****** NOWHERE and tries to F*** WITH MY S***. i hate it when that happens.

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.

7 comments on “Sperm Whales Be Messing With My Robot
  1. How deep was this? And what are the sizes of the objects in the video? (It’s hard to tell how big this whale is without a proper sense of scale.)

  2. Finally, proof of cetacean/robot interactions! My officemate is pretty convinced the high disappearance rate of robot gliders in the north atlantic is due to whales messing with them.

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