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 (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 (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. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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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